Washington's Master Leakers

How two crusaders use secret information to manipulate policy

Jesse Helms was making a familiar charge: the Soviets, he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last March, are lying about the number of intermediate-range nuclear missiles aimed at Western Europe. To back up his claim, Helms distributed a chart showing missile estimates from the State Department, the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. The figures all conflicted, but they had one thing in common: they were highly classified. "They were code-word, code-level items," declared Democratic Senator Brock Adams of Washington, meaning that the documents were restricted even beyond top secret. Yet as committee staffers fanned out to retrieve the missile...

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