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  •  can we get (none)
    from some kind soul the exact nature of the info BushCo released to scare the American public during the convention?  How exactly did the name of one of the British bombers get to the press?  Details, I need details...
    •  oh and (none)
      full on recommended BIG TIME
    •  Here ya go... (4.00)
      After googling past all the pages of left/antiwar/personal reposts of this same story I found one from an MSM source, USA Today.

      Two senior Pakistani officials said the reports in "Western media" enabled other al-Qaeda suspects to get away.

      "Let me say that this intelligence leak jeopardized our plan and some al-Qaeda suspects ran away," one of the officials said on condition of anonymity.

      National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice acknowledged Sunday that Khan's name had been disclosed to reporters in Washington "on background," meaning that it could be published, but the information could not be attributed by name to the official who had revealed it.

      Dear Lord, please save me from your followers

      by mz on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 12:48:51 AM PDT

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    •  Juan Cole has much more (none)
      Just a snip:

      The question is whether Bush played politics with terror around the time of the Democratic National Convention in late July, 2004.  Jim Lobe reminded us at the time that ' The New Republic weekly quoted Pakistani intelligence officials as saying the White House had asked them to announce the arrest or killing of any "high-value [al-Qaeda] target" any time between July 26 and 28, the first three days of the Democratic Convention. At the time, former CIA officer Robert Baer said the announcement made "no sense." "To keep these guys off-balance, a lot of this stuff should be kept in secret. You get no benefit from announcing an arrest like this." '

      In response to White House pressure, the Pakistanis were in fact able to make an arrest, which was announced during the Democratic National Convention. That arrest, of a Tanzanian named Ahmad Khalfan Gheilani, in turn led to the capture of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a young computer expert who had old al-Qaeda documents on his laptop as well as a more recent archive of email correspondence with al-Qaeda in the UK. Among the old data were pre-9/11 plans for attacks in New York and elsewhere.

      It is better to die standing than to live on your knees. - Emiliano Zapata

      by cotterperson on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 01:49:17 AM PDT

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