Can I Please Call It Treason?

I’m gonna need some hefty Ibuprofen today. I’m trying to wrap my head around the logic behind the New York Times, and its attitude towards the revealing of CIA officers and operations.

As I think I have it, the revealing of a CIA analyst who has not been undercover for years, and not likely to do so, is the highest treason.

On the other hand, revealing the precise schedule, itinerary, and tail identification number of a plane the CIA uses to transport captured terrorists is in the highest public service.

And now we see that revealing the name, current employer, and current work site of a former CIA interrogator is also fair game. Toss in his father’s name and that he also worked for the CIA, just for flavoring.

Let’s get a few things established right away. The gentleman in question was never technically undercover, so there was apparently no law broken by the Times. And they go out of their way to say that he refused training in administering waterboarding or any other rigorous forms of interrogation, so this is not some “torturer” that has been exposed. No, this is a guy who worked for the CIA as an intelligence analyst, was “drafted” into questioning the most important prisoners we caught — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the main one — and extracted a lot of valuable intelligence out of him.

Of course, no terrorist would ever think that tracking down this guy and killing him might be worthwhile — not only for revenge, but to try to intimidate anyone else who might want to work with the CIA against the terrorists.

As Allahpundit notes, the Times goes out of its way to say that the former interrogator did not agree to be interviewed for this story. It’s not that great a stretch to speculate that the Times might have considered leaving his name out if he had cooperated, and that would make their revealing of his identity (name, current employer, current workplace, father’s name and former employer) punitive, in a way — “you should have let us interview you. See what we can do if you don’t play along?”

The next time someone asks why so many of us see the media as not just an adversary, but an enemy, I think I’ll point at this story by the Times and ask them just what greater good has been served by it.

And I promise to try to keep a straight face while they answer.

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