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View Diary: Reports On the DoJ’s Seizure of AP Journalists’ Phone Records and the Shield Law (Part I of III) (38 comments)

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  •  Glenn Greenwald (5+ / 0-)

    had this tidbit at the end of yesterday's column:

    On a related note: when Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about the DOJ's subpoeans for AP's phone records - purportedly issued in order to find the source for AP's story about a successfully thwarted terror attack from Yemen - he made this claim about the leak they were investigating: "if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I have ever seen." But yesterday, the Washington Post reported that CIA officials gave the go-ahead to AP to report the story, based in part on the fact that the administration itself planned to make a formal announcement boasting of their success in thwarting the plot. Meanwhile, the invaluable Marcy Wheeler today makes a strong case that the Obama administration engaged in a fear-mongering campaign over this plot that they knew at the time was false - all for the purpose of justifying the president's newly announced "signature drone strikes" in Yemen.
    They called this a "serious leak" even though the information wasn't made public until the administration was ready????
    •  I think (0+ / 0-)

      the seriousness of the leak is supposed to lie in the fact that the info was out there at all. Once it was, the government was confronted by an accomplished fact. It then became a question of damage control. They couldn't order the AP not to publish, they could only request a delay.

      From the DoJ's perspective, the delay hasn't anything to do with the significance of the initial breech of security.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:10:30 AM PDT

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