By AARON BLAKE
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Karen Edmonson was a drug abuser by age 11, a high school dropout by 10th grade and a convicted drug dealer by 21. Even after a year in prison, she relapsed into drinking and cocaine and was weighing whether to start dealing again.
BY MARTIN SCHRAM
When governments or the politicians who run them make announcements that are highly unusual, the journalist's job is to begin asking: "Why this?" and "Why now?"
In the latest in a lengthening series of flaps about leaks, authorized and unauthorized, of secret information from the Bush administration, the CIA has fired a long-serving employee for unauthorized contacts with journalists and disclosing classified information.