D.C. Court Censures Ex-DOJ Lawyer Who Leaked Bush-Era Spying Program

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Thomas Tamm, a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who faced disciplinary action for leaking information to the press about domestic surveillance under President George W. Bush, was censured on Thursday by the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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  • B. Arnold

    Too lenient for a traitor.

  • C.U.

    "If I were one of his clients I would wonder when he would consider his idea of the public good will make him decide to disclose my secrets to the press." That is an absurd comparison. Kudos to Mr. Tamm. Thank you for standing up for what is right and withstanding the intimidation.

  • JW

    If he continued to give legal advise to DOJ so it could continue what he believed to be illegal conduct--breaking the law--and it was later found to be illegal conduct, then seems like he would have violated other ethics rules against aiding a client in doing something illegal.

  • Michael E. Piston

    Government is just as much entitled to expect its legal counsel to keep its secrets as any other entity. Otherwise government officials will be fearful of being candid with legal counsel and ultimately the goal of lawabiding government will suffer. Mr. Tamm has nothing to complain of. If I were one of his clients I would wonder when he would consider his idea of the public good will make him decide to disclose my secrets to the press.

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