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  •  Crocodile tears (9+ / 0-)

    I'm a huge David Cay Johnston fan going back to his Los Angeles Times days. But please. Worse than Bush?

    1) It was Republicans in Congress who demanded an investigation into this leak. (see here)

    2) The DoJ went through the FISA court to obtain a subpoena for AP phone records as provided by law

    3) after pursuing other means of trying to determine the identity of the government official(s) who leaked this story via 500 interviews before going through due process under the law to obtain these records.

    4) The story in question can not in any conceivable way be characterized as a whistleblowing story. What possible motivation did the leaker have in disclosing this very sensitive and dangerous information? It wasn't to disclose any kind of wrongdoing, but ...what? Why would a leaker disclose a very secret operation to stop an attempted terrorist attack in progress? This was, of course, during the presidential campaign. I'm willing to bet that the leaker was a Republican either in Congress or an embedded bushie.

    Further, I would like to know where in holy hell the AP and the entire press corps was when George W Bush actually wiretapped journalists (like James Risen) without a warrant. see here  When the bushies were using the Patriot Act to put actual journalists under surveillance. Where the hell was all this heavy breathing when the Congress was passing the Protect America Act which authorized secret wiretapping of American citizens, including journalists?

    I'll tell you where Mr. Johnston and his colleagues were. Nowhere.  No interest. Big yawn. Not newsworthy. Old news. No handwringing. No pearl clutching. Nothing. Complete silence.

    So the AP and the beltway press don't have a lot of credibility here, with their hysterical and deeply misleading coverage they can't even report the facts correctly. Instead they have been running around waving the "wiretapping" and GASP! "spying on journalists!!"  flag, further damaging their case every day. They were nowhere to be found when it really counted. Fuck them.

    •  I have my suspicions as well... (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm willing to bet that the leaker was a Republican either in Congress or an embedded bushie.
      Perhaps a certain congressman who happens to chair the [House] Intelligence Committee?

      Isn't that the same committee that former rep. Pete Hoekstra was the ranking member of? He's a well-known leaker.

      Rogers was his understudy. And he's also from Michigan. lol

      Just sayin'

      "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone" - John Maynard Keynes

      by markthshark on Sat May 18, 2013 at 04:02:40 AM PDT

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      •  like a sieve (3+ / 0-)

        Yes, a number of Republicans are leakers and fabricators, both Congressmen and at the staff level.

        And let us not forget that Ron "keep up the good fight, Karl" "sprinkles, Senator McCain" Fournier, the long time rightwing mole and Clinton antagonist, happened to be AP bureau chief at that time. So he has a ongoing, very close collaboration -- I would call it collusion -- with Republicans all over the beltway. Did he receive the leak? I'd like to know.

        Mr. Johnston here, for whom I have a great deal of respect and who has long been one of the few good guys in the utterly corrupt and damaged American mainstream press, is doing his better colleagues a disservice by jumping in on this without sufficient knowledge.

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