THE TICKER – WH Staffer Indicted :: Pentagon Analyst Admits Spying :: Gov’t Stifles Media Contacts with Weather Service

  • White House staffer indicted in Abramoff investigation: David H. Safavian, the former head of procurement policy for the White House budget office was indicted Wednesday on charges of obstructing investigators and lying about his ties to Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist who is at the center of a federal investigation that has brought Representative Tom DeLay under scrutiny.
  • Pentagon analyst admits giving secrets to Israel: A former U.S. Defense Department analyst pleaded guilty to charges he gave classified military documents to unauthorized individuals.Lawrence A. Franklin, 58, who worked on the Pentagon’s Iran desk, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to three counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the most serious of the charges.
  • Commerce Dept. clamps down on weather service media contacts: We really are living under a Soviet-style propaganda system. The Department of Commerce has issued a blanket media policy to employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requiring that all requests for contact from national media be first approved by the Department.

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