Problem: Unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information by Sy Hersh and the NYT.
News story - 5/25/75, Sunday NYT, U.S. sub operations off Soviet coast.
Question: What, if any, action should we take as a result of publication?
Purpose - Goals
- To enforce the law which prohibits such disclosure.
- To discourage the NYT and other publications from similar actions
stopfind + prosecute the individual in gov't. who provided the information.
- To discourage others from leaking such information in the future.
- To demonstrate the dangers to nat'l. security which develop
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- To create an environment in which the ongoing investigations of the intelligence community are conducted w/o harming our own intelligence capabilities.