December 21, 2009
Lawyer, activist, Torah scholar, blogger: the strange case of FBI translator
Josh Gerstein and my story tonight:
A former FBI linguist’s guilty plea for leaking secret documents has become a black eye for the law enforcement agency and signals a breakdown in the security clearance process there, according to lawyers who track clearance issues. [...]
But Leibowitz, 39, seems an unlikely candidate for a top U.S. security clearance. After news of the charges against him broke, it took reporters only a matter of minutes to track down news articles reporting that he was fired from a legal clerkship in Israel, and was publicly chastised by a court there for leaking a judge’s private comments.