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Did Bush wiretap CNN's Christiane Amanpour?
by John in DC - 1/04/2006 02:09:00 PM

FURTHER UPDATE: NBC has now deleted the paragraphs of the interview dealing with Amanpour. Very very interesting.

UPDATE: Read the follow-on to this story here.

As I said when the story first broke about the wiretaps, the telling piece of the puzzle will be who's wires got tapped and whether they turn out to be legitimate terror suspects. Last I checked, Senior CNN Correspondents are not generally considered terror suspects.

FURTHER UPDATE: NBC has now deleted the paragraphs of the interview dealing with Amanpour. Very very interesting.

UPDATE: Read their follow-on to this story here.

From NBC News:

New York Times reporter James Risen first broke the story two weeks ago that the National Security Agency began spying on domestic communications soon after 9/11. In a new book out Tuesday, "State of War," he says it was a lot bigger than that. Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell sat down with Risen to talk about the NSA, and the run-up to the war in Iraq....

Mitchell: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?

Risen: No, I don't. It's not clear to me. That's one of the questions we'll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don't know the answer to that

Mitchell: You don't have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?

Risen: No, no I hadn't heard that.
Here's a little hint, anytime a reporter asks a pointed question with named names involved, they have something up their sleeve, they know something and are trying to get the official in question to serve it up. In this case, Andrea Mitchell's almost certainly got some proof that the wiretaps were used to gain intel on members of the press.

And the implications are pretty staggering, as laid out in the follow up post. Here, allow me to summarize. For the last four years, anyone who's spoken or emailed with Amanpour has had that conversation taped. Her husband is Jamie Rubin, a former Clinton administration senior official and spokesperson for the State Department. If he used her phone to call, say, President Clinton, that call would have been recorded. Rubin was also a senior advisor to General Wesley Clark's presidential campaign, any calls he may have made regarding the campaign from his home phone would have been recorded.

As has been said, the implications are staggering. More so for an administration that's already staggering from blow after blow from Libby's indictment to DeLay's to Abramoff's plea bargain. Teeter, teeter, teeter. We'll see if this is enough to cast the entire lot of them into prison.
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