6,735. 6/23/2006

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wrote: “…the New York Times published a story that damaged our efforts to track the flow of funding to terrorists. The June 23, 2006, story was headlined ‘Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror.’ It exposed details about a classified program to track banking transactions, which, of course, was welcome enlightenment to those we were trying to catch. The Times‘ public editor, Byron Calame, at first defended the newspaper’s decision to publish on the grounds that the classified program wasn’t really much of a secret. After Times readers pointed out that the Times story had emphasized the program’s secrecy, Calame reversed himself, writing, ‘I don’t think the article should have been published.’ ”

 – Dick Cheney, In My Time, Pages 352-353

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