McCARTHY UPDATE….Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff update the Mary McCarthy story:

A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told Newsweek.

The fired official, Mary O. McCarthy, ?categorically denies being the source of the leak,? one of McCarthy?s friends and former colleagues, Rand Beers, said Monday after speaking to McCarthy.

….A counter-terrorism official acknowledged to Newsweek today that in firing McCarthy, the CIA was not necessarily accusing her of being the principal, original, or sole leaker of any particular story. Intelligence officials privately acknowledge that key news stories about secret agency prison and ?rendition? operations have been based, at least in part, upon information available from unclassified sources.

Well, that’s sort of interesting. Maybe we all jumped the gun assuming that McCarthy was linked to the secret prison story. Perhaps she was fired for something else entirely.