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Coll: Possible that senior White House officials may be indicted for leaking

Steve Coll's article in the issue of the New Yorker out this week, about a CIA officer jailed for leaking, is interesting especially for two asides:

-- Over the past 100 years, he writes, 10 government officials have been prosecuted for leaking. Six of them have been during the Obama administration.

-- Coll predicts that this may come back to haunt the administration: "If prosecutors find that senior White House officials broke the law while communicating with Sanger, President Obama may be unable to prevent high-level indictments."


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Defense crime blotter: U.K. defense official who served in Af’stan guilty of sex assault

A woman who had too much to drink fell asleep on a train. Mark Scully, an official in the British Ministry of Defence, pretended to help her to a taxi but instead dragged her into some woods and assaulted her. He worked on reconstruction issues in southern Afghanistan in 2009-10, the Daily Mail reports.