A: When the secret is a cover for negligence or wrongdoing.
Raw Story: FBI Whistleblower Files Against Judge Over Secrecy Issues
(Same judge presiding in Libby trial )
Former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds filed a motion asking for the recusal of the judge assigned to her case because of his alleged "bias to secrecy." (...)Bradblog has been covering Sibel Edmonds' ordeal all along.
Edmonds, who was hired as an FBI language specialist shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, translated tapes which allegedly shed light on shoddy work done by the bureau, then was subsequently gagged from telling her story by federal courts. A 2004 Justice Department review found that many of her claims about her treatment by the bureau were supported...(more)
Q: When is it not ok to tell a secret?
A: Whenever keeping the secret was necessary to prevent someone from getting hurt.
Libby's Lawyers Suggest State Dept. Bears Blame for CIA 'Leak'
Raw Story: In documents filed late Friday, Libby's attorneys cast a wide net for information that they said would help demonstrate that Libby did not discuss the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame as part of a supposed administration effort to besmirch her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.
They wrote that they anticipated the trial would showcase testimony by a Who's Who of senior administration officials involved in the Iraq policymaking at the heart of the CIA leak investigation, including three top officials at the State Department who the lawyers asserted played key roles in the unraveling of Plame's covert CIA position. Those officials include then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy secretary, Richard Armitage, and undersecretary for political affairs, Marc Grossman...(more)