We’ve been waiting for the Great Leak Crackdown of ’06 since, literally, the day this site debuted. This ain’t it, but it’ll do for now:

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions.

The staffer received the National Intelligence Estimate on global terror trends on Sept. 21.

Is this a “good” leak or, a la Plame, a bad one? The world waits with bated breath for Josh “I question the timing” Marshall to deliver his verdict.

In the the meantime, here’s what the boss had to say last month on Fox, a few days after this story broke:

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