Patterico has posted the transcript of a radio interview with L.A. Times Washington Bureau Chief, Doyle McManus in which he attempts to explain why they publish classified information:
Want to hear more about the L.A. Times’s rationale for publishing classified information about a successful anti-terror program? L.A. Times columnist Pattt* Morrison has a radio program on local radio station KPCC, and interviewed Times Washington Bureau Chief Doyle McManus about how the story started, and why the paper felt justified printing the story. ..
The bottom line is, of course, that McManus and his colleagues took it upon themselves to decide what classified information the public (and our enemies) should know about. Bizarrely, he claims that the critical factors in his decision were whether the program was legal and had adequate safeguards — even though, as I document in a related post, it was indeed legal and had extensive safeguards in place. Thus, his excuses are an apparent cover for some other motivation, as yet unrealed.Follow the link to read the interview transcript.
Michelle Malkin has a great roundup of the latest on this topic, including commentary on Bill Keller and the NYT, as well..