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The Rockefeller Files


I am curious about something. Jay Rockefeller has released a letter in which he complains about the NSA program on which he’d been briefed. He said the July 17, 2003 letter had been sealed and secured in the offices of the Senate Intelligence Committee. So, he goes to great lengths concealing his views for to voice them might reveal classified information. In his letter he expresses frustration that he can’t even consult with staff or counsel, and he can’t draw on independent legal or technical expertise. Dianne Feinstein said last night that she has not discussed this matter with Rockefeller because she’s not on the Senate Intelligence Committee and it would be inappropriate for her to do so. Fine so far. But if Rockefeller went to such lengths to conceal his views, and if even Feinstein (a fellow senator) insists that she can’t discuss this with Rockefeller (presumably, then, Rockefeller can’t discuss it with her and other colleagues who weren’t briefed), then from where might the New York Times have reported this tidbit in its original story:

“According to those officials and others, reservations about aspects of the program have also been expressed by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee …”

I can’t imagine this trail would be difficult for leak investigators to follow. Who knew that Rockefeller had reservations? Maybe they should start with, say, Rockefeller?


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