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CIA fires employee for leaking classified information

[JURIST] A US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] employee has been fired for leaking classified information and having unauthorized discussions with the media, CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said Friday. Though Gimigliano declined to elaborate, a law enforcement officer has said that the leak led to last November's report in the Washington Post detailing allegations that the CIA has operated secret prisons in Europe [JURIST report] for alleged al Qaeda detainees. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a criminal investigation is also underway, but that has not yet been confirmed by the US Justice Department.

When the report of secret prisons came out in the press, members of Congress quickly called for an investigation into the source of the leak [JURIST report], and the Justice Department said that it would consider opening a criminal investigation [JURIST report] at the behest of the CIA. AP has more.

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