He didn't mention a leak by the NY Times in the late summer of 2004 which damaged one of our biggest breakthroughs. The US, UK, and Pakistan uncovered a Pakistani al Qaeda member who operated a computer that was a clearing-house, with names and locations, for al Qaeda members planning attacks. It was the information on this computer that led to the security alert at that time related to photographs that had been taken and plans to attack large financial institutions in New York, Newark, and Washington D.C. The information led (finally) to the arrest of Abu Hamza, the radical Islamist preacher at the Finsbury Park Mosque in London. The intelligence services didn't want this discovery disclosed because by keeping it secret they could discover who was communicating with that computer system.
The NY Times got wind of what was going on, and even though Condoleeza Rice begged them not to disclose the information, they did - on the front page. So the London police had to go crazy rounding up everyone they were aware of in a great hurry, instead of being able to watch them to see who further would turn up. The UK intelligence were furious with us.
They are, without a doubt our enemy. We need to treat them as such.
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Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller turned up at a federal appeals court in Manhattan yesterday for arguments over whether the feds have a right to subpoena her phone records as part of a probe into Islamic charities and terror financing.
The New York Times is seeking to stop authorities from gaining access to records for calls that Miller and another reporter, Philip Shenon, made to sources in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.