Someone needs to check on Sen. Trent Lott’s medication, or perhaps he’s spending too much herding all those cats he wrote about. Either way, his comments regarding the “Black Site Scandal” leaks — that a Republican Senator was the source because the GOP Senate caucus had discussed the prisons during their weekly closed-door lunch — are just goofy.
First of all, Senator McCain says no such discussion took place.
Second, the luncheon was on a Tuesday, and the Washington Post story ran the next day. No slight to Dana Priest, but given the content and context of the story she reported, there was no way she turned it around on an eight-hour deadline. Priest had clearly been working and coordinating efforts with Human Rights Watch for some time in digging up the story.
And if a Republican did do the leaking? So what? Regardless of party, whoever leaked deserves to take the heat. This is about our nation’s saftety and security. You don’t play political games with it.