Apr 22 2006

NY Times Runs McCarthy Defense

I guess, if Mary McCarthy is a source for the NSA story investigation, the NY Times would best be served by trying to come to her defense in case she implicates them. And so they do:

On Thursday, the C.I.A. fired Ms. McCarthy, 61, accusing her of leaking information to reporters about overseas prisons operated by the agency in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Somehow the vaulted NY Times missed the part were she confessed to leaking CLASSIFIED information to reporters. Details, details!

But despite Ms. McCarthy’s independent streak, some colleagues who worked with her at the White House and other offices during her intelligence career say they cannot imagine Ms. McCarthy as a leaker of classified information.

Well,they should talk to her because that is what she said she did! Obviously the NY Times sources don’t know Mary like Mary knows Mary.

“We’re talking about a person with great integrity who played by the book and, as far as I know, never deviated from the rules,” said Steven Simon, a National Security Council aide in the Clinton administration who worked closely with Ms. McCarthy.

How can the NY Times print this garbage with a straight face? I guess lots of people find it hard to believe Geoffry Dahmer is the monster he his, but what’s the point? The point is Steven Simon is part of the CSIS cabal, as was McCarthy, and is shilling for his buddy McCarthy:

Benjamin had an insider’s perspective on the War on Terrorism since before the term was even used. Now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), he has a new book with Steven Simon, a professor at Georgetown University and a former colleague at the NSC.

In The Next Attack, the pair tackle the questions of why the U.S. has not experienced another September 11th, why we are still at great risk for one, and, most crucially, what we can do to prevent the next one. Richard A. Clarke, who was Benjamin’s and Simon’s boss at the NSC, says “Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon were right about Al Qaeda in their top-secret analyses in the 1990s.

Funny, I don’t seem to see these connection in the NY Times article. And the apologists and enablers come out in force:

If in fact Ms. McCarthy was the leaker, Richard J. Kerr, a former C.I.A. deputy director, said, “I have no idea what her motive was, but there is a lot of dissension within the agency and it seems to be a rather unhappy place.”

So, if you don’t like the policy it is OK to break the law and tip off the terrorists. This is pure, partisan propaganda dressed up like news.

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “NY Times Runs McCarthy Defense”

  1. Hopefully, there are LOTS more to come……

    In an extended period of almost all bad news all the time for the right, today brings something very different. The CIA fired an analyst for leaking classified material to the press. While this needs to be followed by a…

  2. Sue says:

    Unbelievable, AJ. How can the NYTs have any credibility left? With just a little internet savvy, we have uncovered the $10,000 in 2004. The woman admitted to leaking and they still have doubts she would do it and the NYTs prints that?

  3. AJStrata says:


    I just don’t get it. The NYT must really be this inept and isolated.

  4. Jlmadyson says:

    Well, at least the VP of the National Association of Chiefs of Police hit the nail on the head with his Op Ed today. Hopefully we will see more to come in the MSM, I’m not going to hold my breath however.

    CIA Canning Officer for Leaking Classified Info a Good Start

  5. Jlmadyson says:

    Hey, no worries however, I’m sure the big wigs at Yale (insert pretty much any Ivy League institution) are finding just the right opportunity for her as a new tenured faculty.

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    ***SCROLL FOR UPDATES*** Don’t expect to see the same fake outrage from the left, as we’ve seen in “Plamegate”, over this latest REAL leak. As we know, in the Plame situation, no one can seem to say she’s covered under……

  7. kittymyers says:

    Where is Mary McCarthy’s picture?

    I’ve searched everywhere and have posted what I believe is the only picture of Mary McCarthy.

  8. Sue says:


    The other explanation is they are part of the agenda that McCarthy was pushing and they are going to continue to breathe until all the oxygen is gone out of the air. But inept would probably be correct.

  9. Jlmadyson says:

    Nice write up over at Riel World on Rand Beers support of Mary McCarthy, aka the Kerry man.

    Mary O. McCarthy – The Plot Thickens


  10. Kaz-Man says:

    Its been about 24 hours since the story broke, and the rats are already spinning at the velocity of an F5 tornado!
    -“Turban” Durbin is going to introduce a “No confidence” motion against Rumsfeld, according to American Spectator.
    -That NY Times article has all the left-wing ex-spooks quoted. They must be very nervous.
    -Rockefeller has been as quiet as a church mouse. Once upon a time, he was a star on the Sunday shows. Then he told Chris Wallace at FNS about his one-on-one with Bashir Assad warning him about Bush’s plans to invade Iraq ONE YEAR before the invasion began. Someone should take away his passport, and make him take a polygraph, too.
    -Let’s get Joe Plame Wilsons’ reaction to this. I think it might be the same as Dana Priests’.
    Pass the popcorn, it is going to be a fun summer!!!

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  12. wickedpinto says:


    There IS NO REPORTER/PRESS shield, based on “confidential” conversation.


    A SHIELD LAW is built on the idea that No-one will TALK!!!!! However, The “press” are Basicaly REQUIRED TO TALK!!!!!


    JESUS Fing CHRIST!!!

    How Retarded is the Fing Public?

  13. jdm says:

    So, if you don’t like the policy it is OK to break the law and tip off the terrorists.

    tip off the terrorists to what? You somehow don’t believe “the terrorists” are not aware GWB admin is doing torture?

    This is pure, partisan propaganda dressed up like news.

    Or so you’d prefer.

    Looks to me like people standing on a principle.

  14. Jane W says:

    If Mary McCarthy had any “principle” she would have yelled her (mis) information from the rooftops not slyly transferred it to the Washington Post. If Mary McCarthy had any “principle” she would have resigned her position in the government in protest rather than violate the oath she took to refrain from leaking classified information. If Mary McCarthy had any “principle” she would have opposed government policy in the ballot box, not from her cubicle in the CIA, collecting a paycheck from the taxpayers while working to undermine the administration.

    Mary McCarthy is an example of a person devoid of principle.

  15. topsecretk9@AJ says:

    Looks to me like people standing on a principle.

    Principle that will put her in jail…nation of laws not “what principle do I like today.”

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  17. jdm says:

    janew wrote:
    If Mary McCarthy had any “principle” she would have yelled her (mis) information (snip)

    Mary McCarthy is an example of a person devoid of principle.

    That’s funny. GWB has gone to great lengths eliminating rights/protections for whistleblowers, and instituting gestapo tactics to eliminate them. Happened at CDC, EPA, DOD and damn near everywhere else. In turn, he appoints 20 something cronies w/credentials rarely exceeding completion of GOPUSA weekend Winger pundit certification (aka Jeff Ganon).

    You defend patent liars w/pablum.

    I took a look @ your little winger rag. You start right off:

    Washington. In late 2003 Fitzgerald was named Special Prosecutor to investigate who outed Valerie Plame as a CIA covert agent to Robert Novak.

    Since that time it has pretty much been determined that
    a)Valerie Plame did not qualify as a covert agent under the statute,
    b) and she wasn’t outed by Libby.

    (my labelling added)

    both statements are false. 100%, total lies.

    Nevertheless Fitzgerald has continued with his investigation and has indicted Scooter Libby on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.


    He also named Libby as the first person to out Plame although that story has largely been debunked.

    He did not.

  18. AJStrata says:


    Fitzgerald himself admits (a) no law was broken and (b) Libby did not our her. Since when are leftwing fantasies fact?

    Let’s know when you want to join reality!

  19. jdm says:

    Fitzgerald himself admits (a) no law was broken and (b) Libby did not our her.


    You certanly have a citation to back that up, right?… something other than a Limbaugh/Glenn Reynolds (etc.) rant?

    Since when are leftwing fantasies fact?

    yep, you’re a winger all right: make up multiple lies then throw accusations of fantasy. Don’t tell me, GWB is just a few nukes dropped on Iran away from solidifying his spread of freedom and democracy…

  20. Jane W says:


    Check the transcript of Fitzgerald’s press conference announcing the indictment of Libby – if you are actually interested. It’s hard to discuss issues with people who lack a basic command of the facts.