As MRC colleague Brent Baker reported, former National Security Agency official Russell Tice unveiled himself on ABC News last night as one of the sources for last month’s New York Times scoop on the National Security Agency’s terrorist surveillance program.
Stephen Spruiell at National Review Online predicted something like this last week, asking: “If Tice turns out to be one of the NY Times' anonymous sources for its NSA stories, didn't the Times readers deserve to know that its information came from a potentially unbalanced ex-employee with an ax to grind?”
Spruiell is referring to the fact that Tice lost his job after the NSA revoked his security clearances, citing psychological concerns."
Another fact about the Times’ source: Tice is a member of National Security Whistleblowers, where he stands in the company of such august left-wingers as Daniel Ellsburg and Ray McGovern (hat tip The American Thinker). On the other hand, there's Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (a name that might be familiar from the convoluted anti-terror project Able Danger) to provide some whistleblowing balance.
McGovern, a former CIA analyst, spoke at a left-wing anti-war organized by Democrats in a Capitol Hill basement and, as reported by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post, claimed the “United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration 'neocons' so 'the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world.'”
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