The tremendous interest in my story yesterday about a 2005 NSA wiretap picking up California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman conversing with a suspected Israeli agent took me by surprise, frankly.

It’s always gratifying to find so many people paying attention to things like this when Carrie Prejean is only a click away.

The first thing I want to dispel, though, is the apparently widespread notion that the timing of my story Monday was somehow related to: (1) the upcoming trial of former AIPAC lobbyists Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman; (2) the raging debate over the NSA’s warrantless wiretaps, (3) the Justice Department/CIA’s torture memos; (4) anything else.

More on that later.

But first, The New York Times weighed in Monday night, confirming my story in all important aspects and moving it forward a notch.

Here’s the lede from Neil A. Lewis and Mark Mazzetti:

“One of the leading House Democrats on intelligence matters was overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage, current and former government officials say.” (More)


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