Carol Platt Liebau: The Ugly Backstory

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Ugly Backstory

It seems that Larry Hanauer, a Jane Harman staffer, is the name of the person suspended for allegedly having leaked a classified NIE to The New York Times. Harman is outraged, not at her staffer's behavement, but at the penalty for it -- perfectly analogous to someone who isn't sorry that a thief stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail.

Over at The American Thinker, Clarice Feldman offers an interesting account of the whole, ugly backstory behind Jane Harman's shift to the left and other assorted Democratic shenanigans.

The moral? That as the Democratic Party shifts to the radical left, it becomes ever less trustworthy when it comes to protecting national security.


Blogger Editor said...

But, as the Washington Post notes, the New York Times was interviewing government officials about the NIE for weeks before the story was printed:

Intelligence community sources, speaking anonymously because the NIE remains classified, have told The Washington Post that Times reporters were asking questions about the contents of that NIE weeks before publication of the story. In his story, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti wrote that over the weeks he had interviewed “a dozen United States government officials and outside experts . . . for this article.” He added that all “had either seen the final version of the document or participated in the creation of earlier drafts.”

LaHood(R) has already admitted his request for suspension was for political reasons. And there was no evidence that the staffer had leaked.

The staffer recieved the NIE three days prior to the articles printing and it does suggest the staff could not be the leaker based on the time line as written in the article.

3:21 PM  

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