“My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war.” President Bush said that this morning in discussing last week’s NYT plant about the NSA monitoring al Qaeda operatives and al Qaeda sympathizers by way of Presidential order. But he might as well have been speaking about any number of “strategic” leaks by Senate, CIA and other operatives interested in making political hay and embarrassing the United States.
Over the weekend, the media noted that Sen. Harry Reid had been strangely silent about the latest revelations, and we’re hearing there was good reason for this: he was attempting to find out if the leak had come from within offices that he had oversight of control over. “We got the impression that he wanted to jump onto this things early on Friday, but he held us all back from talking. We were hearing that he wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be any blowback on him,” says a Senate Democratic leadership aide.