Reporters use leaks, anonymous “officials” to spread false news of Boston bomb suspectSubmitted by ralph hornsby on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:53
Heavily-medicated with opioids before and after surgery, reports surface and dispel media lies that Tsarnaev talked and wrote out confessions
Long article with examples and questions. Here is a snippet of one of the questions:
Are federal employee risking prosecution to leak “classified” information to reporters from the terrorist database?
Reporters have frequently used the claim that “officials” have spoken on “condition of anonymity” to validate information that has continuously proven to be wrong.
CBS news and Associated Press reporters have inserted quotes from the same unnamed officials in the majority of publications and websites whose writers and bloggers keep repeating the same distorted set of facts.
In an April 26, 2013 CBS story, “Feds added Tsarnaev brothers’ mother to terror database” , an unnamed reporter wrote of being given access to information that’s kept on the classified Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) database.
TIDE is managed by the National Counterterrorism Center and sandwiched between the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created by an executive order of former President George Bush and modified in another one by President Barack Obama in 2010.
The names on a national database of terrorists are classified, which means they’re not available to reporters or the public under the Freedom of Information Act. Title 18, Section 798 of the United States Code makes it a felony with fines and up to 10 years in prison for federal employees and contractors to release classified information to reporters or anyone else without authorization.
TIDE is also connected to the 78 Regional Fusion Centers that exist in the nation’s major cities, so all of the officials involved with it are not federal employees, operating with the same strict confidentiality guidelines.
Boston has two Fusion Centers: the Commonwealth Fusion Center in Maynard and the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC). Local law enforcement officials from every public agency, including the FBI, Suffolk County sheriff Steven Tompkins and a CSX Railroad cop are embedded in the Fusion Center.
It’s doesn’t take a stretch of imagination to think that the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI district, Richard DesLauriers, might have shared the classified information about Tsarnaev’s mother with Boston’s Davis or Tompkins. The three men function as Fusion Center co-partners.