NY Times: Why was Cheney’s trip “so secretive”?

posted at 10:33 pm on February 27, 2007 by Ian

In his Tuesday morning article NY Times reporter David Sanger wrote the following about Cheney’s “secretive” trip to the Middle East. Secretive? Why would Cheney want to keep his trips secretive? It’s not like he’s a target of terrorists, or anything:

“Mr. Cheney’s trip to Pakistan was shrouded in unusual secrecy. In trips to Pakistan last year, President Bush and Secretary State Condoleezza Rice announced their plans days in advance, and reporters filed articles on their visits as soon as they landed. But Mr. Cheney’s traveling press pool was sworn to secrecy, and allowed to report only the barest details just before he left.

“News organizations that knew of Mr. Cheney’s travels, including The New York Times, were asked to withhold any mention of the trip until he had left Pakistan. That appeared to be a reflection of growing concern about the strength of Qaeda and Taliban forces in the area, and continuing questions about the loyalties of Mr. Musharraf’s own intelligence services.”

[...]

American officials did not explain the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Mr. Cheney’s visit to Pakistan, a country the administration has cast as a stable nation moving gradually toward democracy. Mr. Cheney’s aides told The Times and other news organizations that the Secret Service had imposed the requirement that there be no mention of his trip until he had left Pakistan.”

(h/t Clay Waters at Newsbusters)


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