The Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the illegal disclosure that the National Security Agency was intercepting al Qaeda conversations. The communications monitoring remained secret as the New York Times sat on the story for a year before deciding to publish it in an effort to avoid being scooped by one of their reporters.
Mr. Duffy [White House deputy press secretary Trent Duffy] said the probe was not ordered by the White House, although President Bush speculated earlier that the Justice Department would initiate an investigation on its own. The president has made no secret of his displeasure over the leak.
"My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war," Mr. Bush told reporters earlier this month. "The fact that we're discussing this program is helping the enemy.
"You've got to understand," the president added. "There is still an enemy that would like to strike the United States of America, and they're very dangerous. And the discussion about how we try to find them will enable them to adjust."
They have their priorities at the Times, yes they do.