Sloppy and lazy
The BBC also asserts as fact that the leak was “a federal offence”. As I pointed out yesterday, it is not at all clear that the leak was indeed a violation of law. Even The Guardian pointed out that:
Reports from the investigation have suggested that it has decided that the leak of Ms Plame's identity did not represent a violation of the intelligence identities protection act, and is concentrating instead on the possibility of perjury charges.More sloppy and lazy reporting from the BBC.