Monday, August 09, 2004

The Senate is starting to notice ... 
...that the Bush administration seems not to care much about intelligence.

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has sent a letter to the White House asking them to explain why the name of Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, who was operating as a mole within al-Qaeda, was released to the press. George Allen (R-Va) simply said "In this situation, in my view, they should have kept their mouth shut and just said, 'We have information, trust us."'

Condi Rice claims that the name was released only "on background," as if that means it's not to be published - but, as Josh Marshall notes, "on background" doesn't mean 'not for publication,' it means 'not for attribution.' Even if it DID mean 'do not publish,' why the hell would they give that name to ANYone? Especially with the likes of Richard Shelby around?

via Reuters

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