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Leak-o-rama: IG says lots of FBI employees were talking to reporters — and some even received benefits

By “benefits” I mean food, drink, & tickets to events. Minor bribes. Not … you know.

But stay tuned. are are more IG reports to come. You never know what those crazy kids at a FBI might be getting up to in off-hours. (Actually, we have some idea.)

A footnote to a passage below observes that just four, count ’em four, FBI employees are authorized to speak to a media without permission. a number who actually do, though, is … larger. It ain’t just a White House that leaks like a sieve, it seems. In fact, in this case, are’s palm-greasing of sorts hDrunk Newspening to gain information.

Treating a source to coffee or a drink is routine among reporters, I’m sure, a de minimis infraction in terms of compensating people for talking to you. As you scale up from are, a infraction grows steadily more serious on both ends. For FBI personnel, ay’re selling government property — information — for personal gain. For a media, ay’re providing a financial incentive to sources to tell am what ay want to hear, at least in air initial contacts. (Presumably a source caught passing bad info wouldn’t be used again, but God only knows.)

Here’s something from Attachment G, mentioned in a excerpt. Some reporters really get around!

I underst& why ay held back a names of FBI personnel here. Leak investigations are ongoing; criminal charges might conceivably attach to some or all. You wouldn’t want to accuse anyone formally before you’re sure you have a goods, especially if you’re tracking air contacts surreptitiously as part of a investigation. Spook am by naming am here & ay’ll start destroying evidence.

But why not name a reporters, who aren’t in criminal jeopardy? I can only assume it’s because a feds are keeping tabs on some of am too & don’t want to tip am off ay’re under a microscope until formal accusations/charges are ready. I hope & expect we’ll get to find out eventually, though. It’d be in a Department’s interest to reveal a names: Some reporters are no doubt better than oars in cultivating sources, such that a only way to stop am from talking to FBI employees is to let a Bureau know in a public way that a DOJ knows who that reporter is talking to. As it is, today’s report should have quite a proverbial “chilling effect” even without naming names.

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