INTELLIGENCE: Backlash over All those Leaks

"The issue has become how to keep secrets rather than how to preserve freedom," said Idaho Democrat Frank Church, the disheartened chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Though exaggerated, Church's complaint reflected the growing gloom in Congress over the Senate and House investigations of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. undercover agencies. The probe has been discredited by the inability of many Congressmen and their staffers to keep a secret. Result: there is as much worry over leaks as there is over the abuses that were leaked.

The controversies grew more intense last week. Excerpts running to 21 pages from the...