It doesn't seem to make sense, does it?
Sealing the compartments would allow for eliminating many systems as the possible cause.
Additionally, while waiting until the proper time to repair the leak, it might be possible to pump atmosphere from the leaky compartment to the others. One could raise the pressure in the non-leaky areas, lower it substantially in the leaky area, and thus reduce considerably the amount of air lost to the leak.
If access to the leaky compartment was not needed often, it might be possible to extend by an order of magnitude or more the amount of time available to fix the leak.
Also, there is little mention of a reserve supply of atmosphere. I would think that pressurized tanks could have been used to store spare air and these tanks could be re-supplied periodically. After all, if you run out of air, what need is there of anything else?
Are there any Freepers who can supply an explanation for what we see happening?
Bush's new space proposal basically pulls the plug on this stupid multi-national feel-good project anyway, so I don't care if they abandon ship. It's doomed in any event.
Stick it in a bathtub, and see where the bubbles come out.
They would have enough spare air to cover ordinary leakage, and there is ordinary leakage.
We should be very concerned about the leak, especially since the POTUS is talking about redirecting NASA now.
If the POTUS makes his announcement and the "leak" at ISS becomes explosive decompression, the POTUS is going to look really dumb.