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NYT: Plame Leak Akin to Troop Locations

Media Blog reader Amy L. wrote in to point out that the New York Times editorial board on October 2, 2003 compared the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity with disclosing troop locations (I can’t find the link via the site. This is from Nexis.):

As members of a profession that relies heavily on the willingness of government officials to defy their bosses and give the public vital information, we oppose “leak investigations” in principle. But that does not mean there can never be a circumstance in which leaks are wrong — the disclosure of troop movements in wartime is a clear example.

Compare with the NYT now:

The Swift story bears no resemblance to security breaches, like disclosure of troop locations, that would clearly compromise the immediate safety of specific individuals.

Leaking Valerie Plame’s identity was akin to disclosing troop movements? Leaking our methods for monitoring terrorists isn’t that bad? The NYT, again, manages to show how logic and reason get tossed out the window when it comes to assailing the Bush administration.

Nathan GouldingNathan Goulding is the Chief Technology Officer of National Review. He often goes by “Chaka” in NRO’s popular blog The Corner. While having never attended a class in computer science, ...


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