Finally! A senior government official is coming out swinging against the New York Times treasonous behavior. In response to NYT’s Bill Keller’s letter of explanation as to why he feels completely justified in disclosing classified information, outgoing Treasury Secretary John Snow has written a letter of his own confronting Bill Keller’s obvious falsehoods. From Power Line:
Dear Mr. Keller:
The New York Times’ decision to disclose the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, a robust and classified effort to map terrorist networks through the use of financial data, was irresponsible and harmful to the security of Americans and freedom-loving people worldwide. In choosing to expose this program, despite repeated pleas from high-level officials on both sides of the aisle, including myself, the Times undermined a highly successful counter-terrorism program and alerted terrorists to the methods and sources used to track their money trails.
Your charge that our efforts to convince The New York Times not to publish were “half-hearted” is incorrect and offensive. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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.
And that’s just the start. Go have a read of the whole letter. This isn’t a guy who knows a guy who heard of a guy who was involved. This man is one of the high-level government officials Keller referred to in his dismissive letter. This man knows what happened because he was there and he comes across as a helluva lot more credible than Keller ever dreamt of being.
Now, let’s get some subpoena’s out there for these guys and find the little bastards who’ve been leaking this stuff to the Times.
(Update: Here’s a link to the whole text of the letter over at National Review, just in case.)