Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 24, 2012 at 8:45 am 2,783 18 Comments

Fmr. CIA Officer Charged — Former CIA officer and current Arlington resident John Kiriakou, 47, was charged yesterday with repeatedly leaking classified information to journalists. Kiriakou is best known for his 2007 interview with ABC News in which he described the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaeda operative. [Washington Post]

Cigarette Tax Bill Dies in General Assembly — A bill proposed by Del. Patrick Hope (D) that would have raised Virginia’s cigarette tax from 30 cents to the national average of $1.45 has died a quick and unsurprising death in a House of Delegates subcommittee. [Sun Gazette]

Senator’s Arlington Condo for Sale — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) has put his swanky Arlington condo up for sale in advance of his reelection campaign. The condo, which is reportedly on the market for nearly $2 million, is located in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood and overlooks the Iwo Jima memorial. [US News & World Report]

  • CrystalMikey

    Anyone have 2 million I can borrow?

    • HayCaramba

      How about a link to the listing?

      • John Fontain
        • ugly

          wow the interior decorating on that place is horrific!

          • Done and Done

            What’s with the hideous dark island in the bar in the middle of all that lighter colored cabinets? Ugh. I couldn’t stand to look at any beyond that one.

        • brendan

          looks like Florida style interior decorating. also… 2k a month in condo fees?

        • TG3oA

          That rug in the living room is probably worth 100k

    • TG3oA

      He must be smoking something if he thinks he can get 2M.

      • R. Griffon

        My guess is that some well-funded constituent or special interest group will find a way to buy it. It’s a very easy way to make a significant “off the books” contribution in order to buy favors, and is done pretty regularly AFAIK.

      • HayCaramba

        Yep, don’t pay that much, plenty room for haggling, he bought for a lot less.
        6/16/2003 $1,160,000

        and the money to fix that hideous decor should be included at closing.

        • HayCaramba

          oh god, to top it off. no view, no roof top deck.. UGH.. what a horrible property…

  • ArlingtonNative

    Wow … don’t think you could call that “decorating” – Yikes!

    My question though … is that really Yorktown district?
    You have to practically drive past W-L to get to Yorktown from there!
    I know districts have been re-drawn since the many (many) years ago that I was in HS, but seems really odd!

    • charlie

      yes, it is Yorktown District.
      it is modern-day busing to get Hispanics, who once were a majority in that neighborhood, spread out among our high schools.

  • Any journalist knowingly accepting classified information and not reporting it to the government should also be prosecuted, IMHO.

    • CrystalMikey


    • R. Griffon

      That depends. The Supreme Court has ruled that the government must meet a heavy burden of proof that such information is detrimental to national interests, and not simply embarrassing or even worse discloses wrongdoing. Also at play in this case here are people going public about our government’s illegal activities – including torture and illegal rendition to secret (and also illegal) detention facilities.

      Whistle-blowers have historically been protected from going public about illegal activity, as they should be. And the freedom of the press to inform people about the actions of their government in their name (and with their money) must be protected.

      As the Supreme Court has stated:

      > Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in
      > government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is
      > the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people
      > and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign
      > shot and shell.
      > —Justice Black, regarding a case related to the release of the Pentagon Papers

    • TG3oA

      The journalist receiving the information didnt sign a non disclosure document. They have no basis for knowing if the information is actually classified in the first place, because they can’t verify it.

    • Josh S

      Yeah, no. The burden is on the government. But it really depends on the contents of the information. I think Griffon sums it up nicely.


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