NSA Whistleblower Sues to Get Computer, Reputation Back

Former Congressional staffer was suspected of leaking info about wiretapping to press under George W. Bush.


A former congressional staffer and NSA whistleblower who the authorities suspected of exposing the George W. Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program is suing the government, saying her constitutional rights are being violated because her computer seized five years ago has never been returned, and the feds have refused to clear her name.

In a Wednesday telephone interview, Diane Roark, 63, a former senior staffer at the House Intelligence Committee, said she was privy to the warrantless wiretapping the administration adopted in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"I found about it. I knew about it. They knew I knew about it. I told everybody they needed to put civil liberties protections on it or eliminate it," she said from her home outside Salem, Oregon.