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POSTED: 09:51 AM ET, 09/ 5/2008 by Amanda Zamora

This morning's look at investigative news across the Web. Did we miss something? Drop us a line.

The Iraq War » The fact that the Bush administration has spied on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is among several revalations about the White House's handling of the Iraq war, as told by Bob Woodward in his latest book, "The War Within" ... for the first time, the suicide rate among active-duty soldiers is on pace to exceed the rate among the general U.S. population ... a new State Department report finds that the visa program for Iraqis who have helped the U.S. government is at "high risk for fraud and abuse" ... the Pentagon is recommending that President Bush halt troop reductions in Iraq for this year (The Washington Post) .

Abramoff Gets Reduced Sentence » Under his reduced sentence, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is expected to remain in prison until 2012 (The Washington Post) ... for more on Abramoff's connections, here's a useful list of people ensnared in the corruption scandal (Sunlight Foundation).

A Con Game in Pinstripes » Post business columnist Steve Pearlstein notes our entry into the fix-it phase of the credit crisis, as Wall Street firms pay out millions to defrauded customers -- the same companies to many of the same investors who got snookered during the telecom and dot-com boom. Both crises sprang from the same Wall Street culture: "We'll do anything for a fee." — The Washington Post

Another Palin Investigation » The union representing an Alaska state trooper involved in a bitter feud with the family of Gov. Sarah Palin has filed an ethics complaint against Palin over the disclosure of confidential personnel files. — Anchorage Daily News

Kilpatrick Pleads Guilty » After months of standing his ground, Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's youngest mayor pleaded guilty to felony charges for perjury and resigned. — Detroit Free Press

More Questions on Cholesterol Drug » A House committee is pressing the makers of Vytorin to answer questions about data on possible cancer risks associated with the popular cholesterol drug. — International Herald Tribune

Rep. Rangel's Back Taxes » Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, failed to report $75,000 in rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic. (The New York Times)

KBR Bribery Probe Widens » Federal investigators say their probe into KBR's payments to Nigerian officials extends beyond a single contract, and could also involve a project for Shell Oil. — The Houston Chronicle

By Amanda Zamora |  September 5, 2008; 9:51 AM ET The Daily Read
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Can anyone explain to me how an American citizen can gain unauthorized access to
classified information, presumably from a source who is duty bound not to release that information to anyone without both the proper security clearance and a Need to Know,
and then release this security data to worldwide publication, including governments
and organizations hostile to our values, and
then avoid EVEN A MODICUM of threat of any
legal prosecution? Or the sources of that
information.... are they not subject to our
laws on Treason? If military, are they not subject to Court Martial? Can I make a citizen's arrest?

Posted by: cchuck.blankenship | September 8, 2008 3:10 AM

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