Reporters, beware of bogus information

Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Schorr


There are leaks from the Ship of State, and then there are leaks. There are punitive leaks, like the outing of a covert CIA officer, whose husband had offended the White House by contradicting its position on Iraq's interest in nuclear weapons. There are public-spirited leaks by whistle-blowers, lifting the veil on secret prison camps and warrantless wiretapping. And then there are leaks of bogus information, sometimes called disinformation, intended to influence public opinion in some direction. Such a leak was the planting of information that Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan-born nuclear scientist working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, had been identified as a spy for China...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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