Glenn Greenwald has an excellent article concerning the emails between the New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti and CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf dealing with an article by Maureen Dowd concerning the Obama Administration's leaking of classified information to Hollywood filmmakers about the Navy Seal raid on "bin Laden's" compound. Originally, the film "Zero Dark Thirty" was scheduled for release before the Presidential Election. It has since been rescheduled for showing sometime in December. The filmmakers claim political reasons weren't a factor in the decision to delay the film's premiere. As Greenwald notes, when the New York Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet was questioned by Politico about the matter, he cited "intelligence" reasons for not discussing the matter further. ~ B.B.
Correspondence and collusion between the New York Times and the CIA
Mark Mazzetti's emails with the CIA expose the degradation of journalism that has lost the imperative to be a check to power
The rightwing transparency group, Judicial Watch, released Tuesday a new batch of documents showing how eagerly the Obama administration shoveled information to Hollywood film-makers about the Bin Laden raid. Obama officials did so to enable the production of a politically beneficial pre-election film about that "heroic" killing, even as administration lawyers insisted to federal courts and media outlets that no disclosure was permissible because the raid was classified.
Thanks to prior disclosures from Judicial Watch of documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, this is old news. That's what the Obama administration chronically does: it manipulates secrecy powers to prevent accountability in a court of law, while leaking at will about the same programs in order to glorify the president.
But what is news in this disclosure are the newly released emails between Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times's national security and intelligence reporter, and CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf. The CIA had evidently heard that Maureen Dowd was planning to write a column on the CIA's role in pumping the film-makers with information about the Bin Laden raid in order to boost Obama's re-election chances, and was apparently worried about how Dowd's column would reflect on them.