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Just in case Gentle Readers have not been following the Case of the Classified Op-Ed, the New York Times evidently printed the Op-Ed by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann with the CIA blacklines obscuring the text in question. The allegation is that the CIA had approved the original piece, but that the White House had “intervened in the normal prepublication review process and demanded substantial deletions.” Mr. Leverett and Ms. Mann (married, by the way, according to a rather sweet notice in the Times three and a half years ago) claim that CIA sources tell them the censorship is from political rather than security motivation.

I’d like to make clear that I have no way of knowing who is telling the truth in this matter. I don’t know what’s behind the black line. I don’t know whether Mr. Leverett and Ms. Mann are telling the truth either about what was deleted or about what they were told by their sources (or even if there were sources). If there were sources, I have no way of knowing whether the sources were telling the truth to Mr. Leverett and Ms. Mann. It’s perfectly possible that the executive branch was, in fact, just doing the job that is their job to do.

On the other hand, who am I kidding?

chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,