The recent FBI lawsuit filed against John Kiriakou, former CIA agent and former Democrat Senate staffer, for treason (multiple counts of allegedly violating the Espionage Act and the Intelligence Identities Protection Act) is serious business. But, a close review of the details of the case seems to indicate that Vice President Biden, while serving in the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condoned this treason in order to boost his political profile and to further his political agenda.
There has long been a mutually beneficial circle among the Democrat leaders in congress, leakers (usually former civil servants) and the mainstream media. The Beneficial Circle's efforts seem to be directed at discrediting Republican policies and GOP leaders.
The "Circle" works in this way: Step #1--an "investigator" or other civil servant expresses a shared political agenda with a leading Democrat and promises salacious "insider" anecdotes to support the claim. The “investigator” is encouraged to leak the sensitive information to one or more members of the press.
Step #2--The press "scoops" the story and publishes this "exposé", usually on page 1. A Democrat member of congress, usually a committee chairman who has the power to call a hearing, is shocked by the revelations of the press and calls for a hearing to expose alleged Republican corruption and alleged wrongdoing.
In the case of Kiriakou, the Democrat playbook worked. He left the CIA, and then, went to work as a consultant for McLarty Associates, where, among other tasks, he co-authored an inflammatory editorial in the LA Times, "The Other War We Are Losing", criticizing the Bush Administration's Afghanistan and Middle East policies and actions and broadcasting the message that he had an axe to grind with the Bush Administration.