It is not yet clear precisely what McCarthy did that led to the firing. In a statement to CIA employees, Goss said that 'a CIA officer has acknowledged having unauthorized discussions with the media, in which the officer knowingly and willfully shared classified intelligence, including operational information.'Obviously, she overstepped because only the President and Vice-President can leak intelligence (they've leaked so much, there isn't much left, after all).
Last week, government officials indicated McCarthy was involved in providing information to reporters that included material used in The Washington Post's award-winning report on a covert network of CIA prisons. Allegations of a Soviet-style gulag in Eastern Europe and other facilities sparked international condemnation and investigations.
Goss and others have said leaks have done dramatic damage to U.S. relationships with allies. He told Congress in February that his counterparts ask: 'Mr. Goss, can't you Americans keep a secret?'
But McCarthy's attorney, Ty Cobb, defends her actions and says she was not the source for the Post story. 'She did not leak any classified information, and she did not have access to the information apparently attributed to her by some government officials,' Cobb said.
Notice how the "authorities" blame the leaking for damaging relations with our allies, and not the illegal and immoral acts of extreme rendition and torture. It's always the whistle-blower's fault, not the person(s) responsible for the embarassing activity.