NSA Probe: Smells Like a Coverup

Apparently CNN’s Christiane Amanpour may have been investigated by the National Security Agency.

Granted, the NSA has adamantly denied doing anything of the sort, but why, then, did NBC so quickly edit its chat transcript that made reference to it?

In an interview with James Risen, a reporter for the New York Times, the following was deleted from the record shortly after being put on their site:

Mitchell: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?

Risen: No, I don’t. It’s not clear to me. That’s one of the questions we’ll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don’t know the answer to that

Mitchell: You don’t have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?

Risen: No, no I hadn’t heard that.

The blogosphere has exploded all over this story-a testament to the difficulty of keeping official secrets in the age of the internet. However, so far all we have is one interviewer’s specific mention of her name. Granted, the NSA is no reliable source, but we don’t have much to go on. Does Andrea Mitchell know something she’s not telling us? Does the NSA? Hopefully we’ll find out more soon.

Stuart Richards

Stuart Richards is a 26-year-old land surveyor based out of Portland, OR. He is a left-leaning geolibertarian and (theologically) liberal Christian, and has been blogging on HammerofTruth.com and other libertarian sites since 2004.

  1. Darn! You beat me too the punch on this one. One thing I’ve noted is that the neo-con line-of-defense seems to be:

    Bear in mind that such eavesdropping could be perfectly legal.

    Note that Malkin is not concered at all with right or wrong, merely legal or illegal. I wonder if her mind would change if they outlawed her blog?

  2. I had this story early yesterday, or what you’ve got of it, but I’m not running it until I get more information. So far there’s too little to really say what might be happening.

  3. On the NSA’s self-investigation in general: coverup or just delaying tactics?

    Joel Brenner sings:

    I am the very thorough NSA Inspector General.
    My interest in your privacy is flimsy and ephemeral.
    My new investigation of the spying that I ratified
    Will only end when all the perpetrators are beatified.
    And while my probe is going on, I’ll tell you from my podium
    That any other prober should be treated with opprobrium.
    And anyone who’d like to duck a question with agility
    Can say that any comment would impede my probe’s utility.
    And so, since both my counterparts at Justice and the Pentagon
    Eschew responsibility, and Congress won’t prevent a con,
    I’m hoping your attention span is flimsy and ephemeral:
    I am a very thorough NSA Inspector General!