Video: CNN interviews Keller about NYT furor

posted at 9:50 pm on June 26, 2006 by Allahpundit

He “hopes” the story hasn’t endangered any lives and thinks it would be a “big, big stretch of the law” to apply the Espionage Act to journalists.

The real bombshell here, though, is his revelation of the three politicians from outside the administration who asked them not to run the story. John Snow outed two of them — Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton — in his letter today to Keller. You won’t believe who the third is. Yes, even he thinks the Times is in the wrong. Update: Maybe not. See below.

The boss e-mailed earlier wondering who it was who asked the mystery man to call the Times and make the case. I’d love to know myself.

Update: Hold the phone. INDC Bill e-mailed me to point out that Keller says, “Three people outside of the administration were asked by the administration to call us … all of them spoke, they thought in confidence, and I don’t think I’ll, I don’t think I’ll breach the confidence of what they said, um, uh, although I will say that not all of them urged us not to publish.” Snow said Kean and Hamilton urged them not to publish. Which means, by process of elimination…

that Murtha encouraged them to publish. Doesn’t it?

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It was Murtha, right?

j.d. on June 26, 2006 at 10:00 PM

Yes, it was Murtha who also didn’t want the story printed. Maybe he was the leaker who realized all to late his BIG mistake, but I don’t really believe that.

DannoJyd on June 26, 2006 at 10:18 PM

I just can’t believe this buffoon. Let’s keep the pressure on. Please don’t let this story drop. The NYT must be made accountable!

Leiren on June 26, 2006 at 10:19 PM

hm. Good Point, DannoJyd. Maybe Murtha was the link.

Leiren on June 26, 2006 at 10:20 PM

Hm, Specter defends NY Time, Murtha tried to stop them…so…the leakers..could be some one close at heart….

The conservatives ought to crack down on this one. It has all the promises to be a bonanza.

easy87us on June 26, 2006 at 10:24 PM

If this isn’t a clear case for the need for prosecution, what is? Keller’s own words damn him.


GT on June 26, 2006 at 10:44 PM

I very seldom use the word greed, but I don’t know what else to call this. It really doesn’t sound partisan. I think Keller would pretty much pimp his grandmother out if he thought it could sell some papers, and probably do her himself for a Pulitzer. What a worthless piece of shit.

B Moe on June 26, 2006 at 10:45 PM

Dang even Murtha was against this!!!

I say when next you are in Starbucks debate the person you see picking up the NYT. Hurt their distribution. I know, I know, it is like taking a thimble and trying to empty a pool.But if you get a coworker or two to email the times it will make a difference. Keller did not go on CNN because there was NOT a reaction.

Theworldisnotenough on June 26, 2006 at 10:50 PM

“It would be arrogant of us to preempt the work of Congress and the courts by deciding on our own that these programs are perfectly legal and abuse-proof.”


Jim Treacher on June 26, 2006 at 10:58 PM

Hmmm. was Murtha for printing the story before he was against it? There is Dem precedence for such a straddling , and they did have to get the initial source material from someone before they even had the talks we’re seeinf here.

bbz123 on June 26, 2006 at 10:58 PM

What I have observed here are the Democrats, and the RINOs are rushing to the aid of NY Times. The RINOs have proved themselves once again that they are Democrats in disguise!

There are signs of Bush already lightening up on the NY Times, per Tony Snow’s comments that NY Times ought to accept the responsibility to weigh the consequences.

The RINOs are at work, folks. If you don’t believe me, watch while events unfold.

Very soon NY Times will make a few statements to defuse the situation and everything will be rosy again…until next time.

Fellow conservatives, if we let them succeed, our country will be in grave danger because this case sets precedence for our enemies to use newspaper for espionage as long as they have ACLU on their side.

This looks grim, very grim indeed. Keller’s last statement is no jokes, they know DOJ cannot reach them for they are truly above the law.

easy87us on June 26, 2006 at 11:20 PM

This clown doesn’t want to reveal what Tom Kean or Lee Hamilton said to them, but has no problem revealing the mechanisms of an intelligence gathering program.

Hey man, nice shot.

fluffy on June 26, 2006 at 11:41 PM

Excerpt from Secretary Snow’s letter to Mr. Keller:

Over the past two months, Treasury has engaged in a vigorous dialogue with the Times – from the reporters writing the story to the D.C. Bureau Chief and all the way up to you. It should also be noted that the co-chairmen of the bipartisan 9-11 Commission, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, met in person or placed calls to the very highest levels of the Times urging the paper not to publish the story. Members of Congress, senior U.S. Government officials and well-respected legal authorities from both sides of the aisle also asked the paper not to publish or supported the legality and validity of the program.

From the names Mr. Keller listed in the CNN interview, and based on the exerpt, above, this leaves only Mr. Murtha to have been the one for publication of the program.

Entelechy on June 26, 2006 at 11:49 PM

…not all of them urged us not to publish

So, who do they decide to listen to? Perhaps em>the onlyMealy-Mouthed Murtha.

IrishEi on June 26, 2006 at 11:59 PM

Mealy-Mouthed Murtha

(worth correcting repeating)

IrishEi on June 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Entelechy…you may be right…I think he realized that he really screwed this one up bad so he called Keller personally begging not to publish the report….but to no prevail.

easy87us on June 27, 2006 at 12:06 AM

The 9/11 commisioners asked Keller not to publish. The Treasury Secretary asked him not to publish. The President asked him not to publish. Murtha said go for it, so he did.

But don’t think for a minute that this constitutes animus toward the administration. Oh no, Bill, I wouldn’t dream of it.

John on June 27, 2006 at 12:15 AM

To summarize: Murtha believes the US is the greatest threat to world peace and that publishing military secrets in the NYT is an appropriate way to counter the foreign policy of the duly elected government of the American people.

This guy is a nut that needs to have his congressional ticket pulled immediately.


Moose Dung on June 27, 2006 at 12:19 AM

So…Murtha is…Deep Fart? (forgive me, please)

Doug on June 27, 2006 at 1:53 AM

Forgive you? I’m thinking more of a high-five,Doug.Priceless!

bbz123 on June 27, 2006 at 8:23 AM

Sorry, guys; this one is our problem. Cheat me once, shame on you…cheat me twice, shame on me.

We’ve all known that the Times works in opposition to this country and this administration since Bush first walked into the Oral Office. The Times has cheated screwed the American people and our military several times now, and this Administration has done nothing to find the leakers, nor to prosecute the Times.

This is their own fault.

Jaibones on June 27, 2006 at 11:34 AM

In a perfect world a group of people and organizations who are concerned about national security would take out a full page ad in say the USA Today condemming the NY Times and exhorting all employees of that organization who realize that the Times is selling out their own personal security in their blind hatred of the Bush administration to take a day off from work. Say July 7th. I mean everybody from the receptionists to those who deliver the papers and those who load the trucks in the warehouse to those who clean the offices. The reporters and editors can just sit in an empty building.
The second thing I would like to see if Chertoff making an announcement that the DHS will need to revisit the budget once again. Because of these leaks it will now be necessary to harden some sites that previously may have not needed the attention. Since there will be no increase in the DHS budget to cover these unexpected circumstances it will be necessary to shift funds from existing cities and programs. Make it clear that NYC will be losing even more from the budget because of the loose lips over at the Times.
Anyway like I said in a perfect world. . .

LakeRuins on June 27, 2006 at 12:11 PM

Once again, why is it that the Valerie Plame “leak” story set off a prosecutor to go after republicans, and all these National Security breaching stories have yet to do so??? For crying out loud, MILLIONS of people’s lives are at stake here!!! Is taking down the Bush administration worth innocent Americans’ lives. These elitist liberals need to be made accountable for their irresponsible and criminal reporting. All that resulted from the Plame circus story was that she and her worthless husband got more time in the spotlight.

Rick on June 27, 2006 at 4:36 PM

By the way, why is it that liberals are getting away more and more with calling the NSA project “warrantless wiretapping”? Nobody on Fox, even, is correcting them. Did I forget something, or wasn’t it actually just collecting data on calls?

mikeyboss on June 27, 2006 at 11:07 PM

The ranks of the MSM, and the NY Times is a great example, are filled with second and third tier intellects. Anyone familiar with the so called top schools of Journalism in America understands that their graduates generally reflect the bottom tier of the student gene pool.

It’s kind of equivalent to the US World Cup Soccer team. It can’t compete on an international level because the best American athletes pursue other sports.

The same is true for America’s best and brightest. They pursue other venues than Journalism. As a result, we end up with the current crisis.

We have a fifth column led by intellectual midgets engaged in activities that aid and abet our enemy during wartime.

Don’t waste your time trying to understand Keller’s motives or rationale. He is a nitwit.

there it is on June 28, 2006 at 10:22 AM