White House Pressed WaPo Not to Run Articles
Last week, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter revealed that the White House leaned on the New York Times not to run its article on warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency. The Times sat on the story for a year. Alter says,
Weâre seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Howard Kurtz reports in today's Washington Post that White House officials, including John Negroponte and Porter Goss, met with Executive Publisher Leonard Downie and made a similar request over Dana Priest's article on secret CIA prisons. While Leonard Downie won't confirm the meetings, other sources do:
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