By Zachary Roth

May 4, 2009

"... The law quite clearly prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of classified information 'concerning the communication intelligence activities of theUnited States or any foreign government.' And Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy, confirmed to TPMmuckraker: 'It seems crystal clear that if this was a FISA wiretap,' as appears to be the case, 'then whoever disclosed it committed a felony.'

"Aftergood explained that under FISA, the communications of American citizens 'are supposed to be minimized,' But in this case, he said, 'they were publicly revealed. It seems to be the clearest violation of law in the whole episode.. ... "