Though Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)

has advocated a hard line against leaks by government whistleblowers, “Roberts himself was involved in disclosing sensitive intelligence information [in 2003] that, according to four former senior intelligence officers, impaired efforts to capture Saddam Hussein and potentially threatened the lives of Iraqis who were spying for the United States,” Murray Waas writes. Roberts’ case is an example of “how rank and file intelligence professionals now have much to fear from legitimate and even inadvertent contacts with journalists, while senior executive branch officials and members of Congress are almost never held accountable when they seriously breach national security through leaks of information.”