The editorial about the Obama Administration's lack of transparency (Herald, June 13) missed the mark when it equated the Watergate or Monica Lewinsky scandals to divulging classified information. The former were cover-ups; the latter is a direct violation of what government employees in sensitive positions promise not to do under penalty of removal and, if egregious, prosecution.
To leak material gathered through covert channels or by working in the intelligence community is not a judgment call that can be made by a person who is privy to the data. Neither is it an option by any administration - Republican or Democrat - to abrogate its obligation to vigorously enforce such violations. Upholding and defending the Constitution means keeping secret matters of national security, and often, this means guarding the means of intelligence collection as well as its substance.
True, there have been abuses that should not have been kept secret, and, when revealed, the administration pays the price - Iran-Contra comes to mind. But equating a hard line against self-proclaimed whistle-blowers who have taken an oath not to do so and labeling those actions a lack of transparency is at best naive and at worst a gross misunderstanding of the mechanisms by which our national security is aggressively defended.
Rick Norton, Durango