This is CNN-Radio.
Even to this day,like right now while I'm giving you this interview,
if I was just slipped upand say one of these pieces of information that I'm not supposed to talk about,
I'm in jeopardy of going into prison for as many as five years.
For six years, Nick Merow was known in courtroom documents as John Dow.
He was living a doublelife, suing the US Government over some of its National Security Policies.
Almost a decade later, I am married and I have a small child,
and I'm still not at liberty to discuss the facts of this case with my wife today.
Welcome to CNN Radio News day. I'm Tony Andreas.
Coming up later in the show, we sit down with Nick to learn more about his heroine story and find out what it means in the wake of the NSA leak scandal .
But first, let's bring in CNN's Jonathan Bender who brings us today's top stories. Welcome Jon.
So you've got another big scandal out of Washington on our hands, right?
Yes, so the story is that State Department and diplomatic officials may have covered up or even stopped investigations of inappropriate or possibly criminal misconduct by its staff.
This brewing scandal comes from, of course, an internal memo.
The alleged incidents include soliciting sexual favors from prostitutes,
in some cases, children,
also allowing a drug ring to operate near the U.S. embassy in Iraq, and even buying drugs from it.
Now Representative Ed Royce, who is the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, just asked his staff to begin an investigation.
What's troubling to him is that a proper investigation not only hasn't happened but wasn't allowed to happen.
It appears the investigators themselves were influenced,
were leaned on, they had their investigations called off and as a result on eight separate occasions,
the will of the political pointees trumped the ability of the compound to be here to do their job, to investigate.
For now the State Department has denied covering up or stopping any investigations and hasn't completed individual cases.
in danger of being damaged or destroyed
For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want
Those prisoners are dreaming of liberty.
(an action or event that causes) a public feeling of shock and strong moral disapproval
The scandal caused tempests in the newspaper.
involving diplomats or the management of the relationships between countries
He has diplomatic immunity.
unacceptable or bad behaviour by someone in a position of authority or responsibility
I will lie open the whole story of his misconduct.