Jumping to conclusions?
ABC News last night reported the following news.
Oct. 5, 2005 Â Both the FBI and CIA are calling it the first case of espionage in the White House in modern history.
Officials tell ABC News the alleged spy worked undetected at the White House for almost three years. Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, was a U.S. Marine most recently assigned to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney.
"I don't know of a case where the vetting broke down before and resulted in a spy being in the White House," said Richard Clarke, a former White House advisor who is now an ABC News consultant.
Federal investigators say Aragoncillo, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents from White House computers.
I read this at Michelle Malkin last night. The news as reported was very troubling and Michelle thought our country's safety was put in danger due to the whims of political correctness.
Or was it?
Today Captain Ed points out a New York Times article that makes a vital point.
The charges filed against Mr. Aragoncillo relate only to classified information that officials say he took from F.B.I. computers after joining the agency in July 2004.
But the investigation is widening, officials said, in light of the fact that he had worked for several years prior to joining the agency as a marine in the vice president's office under both Al Gore and Mr. Cheney. Military aides usually hold security clearances.
ABC News reported Wednesday night that Mr. Aragoncillo was accused of stealing classified material from White House computers at the vice president's office, including information damaging to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
On Wednesday, government officials said they had no corroboration that any material had been taken from the vice president's office, but they acknowledged that investigators had been focusing on Mr. Aragoncillo's work at the White House.
So its not known yet if Mr. Aragoncillocommittedd espionage while working at the White House. I think we need to let this investigation unfold. We bloggers sometimes jump to conclusions(myself included) just like the MSM on insufficientt or uncoroborated information.
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