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Is Privacy Act Violated as Voting War’s GOP Hit Man is Fed Leaks By Justice Department Mole?

Will the DOJ investigate leaks in attacks on Voting Section employees and major voting rights decisions?

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On the Friday before Christmas, the DOJ announced it was rejecting South Carolina’s voter ID law, saying it was discriminatory under the federal Voting Rights Act. But the DOJ also approved Georgia’s new redistricting map on the same day—suggesting that it is not quite the Democratic juggernaut that von Spakovsky and his ally, J. Christian Adams, another disgruntled ex-DOJ attorney and crusading Republican, claim it is.

Still, GOP partisans like von Spakovsky do not want to see an assertive or effective DOJ Voting Section as that process unfolds.

“When zealots… for whom the truth is no obstacle to the pursuit of partisan gains, are allowed to control the levers of justice, we all suffer,” he concluded his piece, which has been touted by right-wing websites as “breaking news of confessions of perjury” and “more about the culture of lies inside the Obama Justice Department.”

However, this time he may have gone too far. That is because it is von Spakovsky’s source—not the latest DOJ employee that he is attacking—that apparently has been violating Department protocols, and quite possibly the federal Privacy Act.

Steven Rosenfeld covers democracy issues for AlterNet and is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).