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Sunday, June 22, 2008

New York Times Outs CIA Operative: Democrats Conspicuously Silent On Issue

I tell you, if this had been a Republican releasing this kind of information, the Dems and other libs would all be up in arms about it. But since it was a leftist-liberal publication that did this particular outing, the Dems are fine with it.

From NewsBusters:

In an astonishing stroke of irony, the New York Times has outed the name of the CIA operative who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, over the objections of CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and a lawyer representing the operative.

Agency officials and legal counsel told the Times that publishing the agent's name would "invade his privacy and put him at risk of retaliation from terrorists or harassment from critics of the agency."

In an Editor's Note linked from the story on KSM's interrogation, the Times defended its decision by stating that "other government employees" had been "named publicly in books and published articles" or had chosen to go public themselves, by explaining that its policy "is to withhold the name of a news subject only very rarely," and by arguing the operative's name "was necessary for the credibility and completeness of the article."

So, the safety of a man who works to help keep us secure from terrorist attacks is so much less important than getting a scoop? Well, that's the attitude of Old Media. Again, where are the Democrats? Why aren't they taking this issue on?


Of course, this is just the latest in a long string of Times articles that have leaked classified and guarded information critical to America's security and that of its people and public servants. Alert readers have long since stopped expecting any level of consistency from the same liberal media that was obsessed with the naming of Valerie Plame (though they've been considerably less obsessed with the actual source of Robert Novak's column, Richard Armitage).

Not just the New York Times but, as I noted in my previous blog entry, even CNN has a consistency problem with that information.

You can access the original article on-line here:

New York Times Outs CIA Operative
Mick Wright
June 22, 2008

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