A CIA Employee's Downfall.
The buzz about the blogosphere is she may have been targeted and given some misinformation. She then turned around and leaked that misinformation and was thus tagged as a leaker. I am not so certain about this, but recent report suggesting the EU can not find anything to back up the story she leaked points in that direction. It also may be the USA and the EU had some discussions about the underlying situation and the EU backed off of its tough talk. The funny thing is a Pulitzer Prize may have been awarded on the basis of a bogus story, well it wouldn't be the first time the press has given itself awards in reporting for reporting fiction.
Anyway, at the time the story broke Byron York reported:
But, at least in Poland, the story caused enormous anger and unhappiness behind the scenes. In an interview with National Review, one source with knowledge of the Polish government's dilemma would not address the facts of the story, but called the damage "horrific." The source cited two reasons. First, the Polish government believes that it is now, as a result of the Post story, on al-Qaeda's hit list, setting off fears that Warsaw or Krakow could follow Madrid and London as European terrorist targets. And second, the leak shook the pro-American Polish government's faith in the United States. Poland has been a loyal ally of the U.S., sending troops to Iraq and keeping them there when others withdrew. That decision has been costly not only in lives -- 17 Poles have died in Iraq -- but also in terms of Poland's relations with largely anti-U.S. European governments. And now Poland worries about whether it can trust its most powerful ally. "The next time we are asked to do an operation in common, we will always think twice about your intelligence community's ability to keep a secret," the source said.
One last observation. I would guess the story would have to be sufficiently damaging to entice the leaker. For instance, letting a false story about how the CIA's official breakfast cereal of choice is Coco-Puffs would hardly be the stuff of leaks. In the end though I am not convinced this is a case of a leak plugging operation.