Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Times Confirms Harmon Pressure

The NYT has confirmed that congresswoman Jane Harmon pressured them not to puplish the Bush illegal wiretapping story in 2004.

he New York Times confirmed late Monday that a top Democratic congresswoman called the paper in 2004 and tried to keep it from publishing an article exposing the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program — possibly helping to sway the balance in the 2004 presidential election.


“Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement Monday that Ms. Harman called Philip Taubman, then the Washington bureau chief of The Times, in October or November of 2004,” the Times writes. “Mr. Keller said she spoke to Mr. Taubman — apparently at the request of Gen. Michael V. Hayden, then the N.S.A. director — and urged that The Times not publish the article.”

So, this took place before she became aware that her own call was wiretapped and that should could be in trouble with the law.



Harmon is asking for the tapes to be release, but she wants 'everything' which will surely make it impossible to do so and therefore this is a bluff.

I would like to see the materials released, I just don't think it will happen.


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