A reader asks…could a high-profile U.N. official be looking to influence the American election?:
According to the LA Times account of the evolution of
the story, the “source” was working with CBS News for
a while, then switched to the NY Times (presumably because
it was a more prestigeous channel).
Since the Times’ ostensible news hook was the letter from
El Baradei to the Security Council, the only way a source
could have been working in advance with CBS and NYTimes was
if the source was very close to El Baradei, and able to
influence the timing of the release of the letter. Who
more likely than El Baradei himself, who apparently has
a grudge against Bush?