I can understand why the LA Times wouldn’t divulge the name of the person who gave the LA Times the video, but why not release the tape? Obama and Khalidi must know who the source of the video is and this person is afraid of any repercussions.
It’s interesting, though, that LA Times keeps this tape secret, but they had no problem blowing the lid off the US government’s bank surveillance program, a classified counterterrorism program. After the LA Times was overwhelmed with criticism for revealing that program, the newspaper offered an explanation:
We sometimes withhold information when we believe that reporting it would threaten a life. In this case, we believed, based on our talks with many people in the government and on our own reporting, that the information on the Treasury Department’s program did not pose that threat. Nor did the government give us any strong evidence that the information would thwart true terrorism inquiries. In fact, a close read of the article shows that some in the government believe that the program is ineffective in fighting terrorism.
In the end, we felt that the legitimate public interest in this program outweighed the potential cost to counterterrorism efforts.
The LA Times had no problem revealing a classified counterterrorism program, even after requests by officials in the US Treasury Department not to. But now the LA Times suddenly feels the need to honor the request of the source of this videotape – who gave them the video to begin with – to not publish it. The Obama/Khalidi tape is of legitimate public interest. In 6 days the American people are going to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, the leader of the free world. The American people have the right to make an informed choice and this tape is important to understanding who Barack Obama is and what he believes. Release the tape.