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유출되자 자신의 보좌관들에게 유출경위에 대한 진상조사를 지시했습니다
미하원 국토안보위원회소속인 피터 킹의원은 일단 백악관 컴퓨터 시스템에 구멍이 뚫리면서
이 정보가 유출됐을 가능성이 가장 크다고 보고 있습니다
his office was currently focused on the White House party crashing
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못했다'는 문자메시지를 주고 받음으로써 국가위기관리체제에 큰 구멍이 뚫렸음도 드러났습니다
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창설한 단체로 세계 각국 정부와 기업의 기밀정보를 공개함으로써 부패를 방지하고 사회적 부정에 맞서는
특히 기밀문건제공자의 신원 노출을 막기 위해 최첨단의 암호기법을 통해 문서를 제공할 수 있는 시스템을
마련해 두고 있습니다
Congress May Probe WikiLeaks Over 9/11 Pages
(CBS)The senior Republican on the House Homeland Security committee has begun an investigation into how the WikiLeaks.org Web site obtained thousands of pager messages from September 11, 2001.
Rep. Peter King, who represents a congressional district east of New York City on Long Island, has directed his staff to look into last week's release of about 573,000 lines of messages sent to pagers on that day. The logs included Secret Service, FEMA, FBI, and private sector messages.
"The staff is in a preliminary investigation period," Kevin Fogarty, an aide to King, told CBSNews.com on Tuesday. He said that his office was currently focused on the White House party crashing, and would return to the WikiLeaks disclosure after a hearing on the White House breach scheduled for Thursday.
WikiLeaks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some of the disclosed pager messages appear to show a less-than organized response from federal agencies. The Secret Service was deluged with alerts both true and false. One internal FEMA message at 12:37 p.m. ET, four hours after the attacks, says: "We have no mission statements yet."
It's not clear how far a congressional investigation into WikiLeaks, even if it becomes formalized, can go. Although the organization's domain name is registered through a San Mateo, Calif.-based company, the Web site is hosted in Sweden at an Internet provider known for once providing a home to The Pirate Bay.
In addition, the principals of WikiLeaks remain anonymous, and were not unmasked during the admittedly-brief lawsuit filed last year by a Swiss bank upset that some of its internal documents had been leaked. If congressional investigators can secure international cooperation, they could try to unearth which people are linked with WikiLeaks postal addresses at the University of Melbourne and Nairobi, Kenya.
To be sure, there's some embarrassment for the U.S. government after the logs apparently revealed that the Secret Service's presidential protective detail used unencrypted pagers for sensitive communications about the location of Air Force One and threats against President Bush -- even though news reports four years earlier had revealed that a hacker intercepted the unencrypted pager messages of President Clinton's entourage.
But there's also a federal law, 18 USC 2511(c), that criminally punishes anyone who "intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection." (Emphasis added.) Violators are punished with fines and up to five years in prison.
Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. points out that a 2001 Supreme Court case called Bartnicki v. Vopper dealt with illegally intercepted broadcasts and found that their disclosure by a third party was permissible. The majority opinion said that the third party "played no part in the illegal interception. Rather, they found out about the interception only after it occurred... their access to the information on the tapes was obtained lawfully, even though the information itself was intercepted unlawfully by someone else."
"Wikileaks would have a good First Amendment defense," Rotenberg says.
To point out the obvious: A congressional investigation is one thing; there are no reports of a criminal investigation of WikiLeaks. Its armor of anonymity has survived other legal assaults in the past. Then again, it has never irked certain federal law enforcement agencies and members of Congress so thoroughly either.