Federal air marshal Jose Lacson argued he didn't disclose sensitive security information online because, well, he'd made up the stuff. None of the details, he said, were true.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit didn't buy the argument today, upholding the Transportation Security Administration's determination that Lacson had, indeed, revealed sensitive information about staffing and attrition rates.
In the appeals court, Lacson, who was fired in 2011, wasn't challenging his termination. He was fighting the government's argument that the information he disclosed on Officer.com—under the name "INTHEAIRCOP"—was sensitive security information.
"Like many people, Jose Lacson posted things online that he should not have," D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland wrote today. "The problem is that, unlike most people, Lacson was a Federal Air Marshal. And the things he posted did not concern relationships gone awry or parties that he should have avoided."