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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:15 AM

Ex-NSA Overseer Accuses U.S. of Retaliatory Raids

A former member of the House committee charged with overseeing National Security Agency operations claims the FBI raided her property and seized electronic equipment and papers after falsely suspecting her of leaking classified information about the government's warrantless wiretap program to the media.
Diane Roark, who worked on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for five years, claims the July 26, 2007 raid was in retaliation "for her whistleblower activities and execution of her Congressional oversight responsibilities that revealed inefficiency, contract fraud, the persistent waste of billions of dollars on a single ill-conceived program that was never built, plus illegal and unconstitutional operations.
In her lawsuit against the United States in Oregon Federal Court, Roark claims she voluntarily met with the U.S. attorney and FBI investigators in February 2007, about five years after she retired from the committee in 2002.
She says they suspected her of leaking classified information about the wiretap program to the New York Times and to Times reporter James Risen, "and/or to the Baltimore Sun."


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