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2005

How long did the Times hold its news?

Salon WAR ROOM by Tim Grieve
Dec. 16, 2005

As we noted

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2005/12/16/spying/index.html

earlier today, the New York Times is out with a story

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/16/politics/16program.html?hp&ex=1134795600&en=c7596fe0d4798785&ei=5094&partner=homepage

in which it says the Bush administration has been monitoring -- without warrants -- telephone calls and e-mail messages originated in the United States. What we didn't mention, and should have, is this snippet from the piece: "The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting."

Our question: When did the White House make its request, and what does "a year" mean? The Times is awfully light on details here, leaving itself open for speculation from the left as to whether the Times sat on the story through last year's presidential election. At the same time, the right is free to speculate about the Times' decision to run the story now, just as the Senate was about to take up and -- as it turns out -- vote down

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/patriot_act;_ylt=AqiRhmXtYUmNAT6NsNIFUOes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act. [...] Read the rest at http://tinyurl.com/7mc7t


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