April 20, 2009

(Possibly) Holy Sh&t!

RUMINT (Rumor Intelligence) is always fun, if not necessarily accurate. So, we can wait a day or so for the actual truth to emerge here. That doesn't mean we can't start speculating, however.

Via TMP (just cut and pasted in here):

This story is so radioactive it's hard to know which of fifty different directions to go with it. In brief, Jeff Stein at CQ has a much, much more detailed account of the story, first reported in 2006, of Rep. Jane Harman getting wiretapped allegedly discussing a quid pro quo with "a suspected Israeli."

There are a lot of hairy details on this one. But the gist is that an NSA wiretap recorded Rep. Jane Harman in a conversation with a "suspected Israeli agent" in which Harman allegedly agreed to use her influence with the DOJ to get them to drop the AIPAC spy case in exchange for help lobbying then-Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi to make Harman chair of the House Intelligence Committee -- a position she ended up not getting.

The story suggests that the tapes show Harman crossed the line. And the gears were in motion to open a full blown investigation. But then Alberto Gonzales intervened and shutdown the whole thing.

Why? Here's where it gets into the realm of bad novel writing -- because Gonzales (and the White House) needed Harman to go to bat for them on the warrantless wiretaping story that the New York Times was about to publish.

If this turns out to be true, what a mess. And, perhaps first of all, why was the NSA listening to a Congressperson? God, what a mess...

Posted by baltar at April 20, 2009 12:41 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Corruption | International Affairs | Politics


Marshall's questions at the end of that post are excellent and raise some really intriguing/troubling possibilities.

Posted by: Armand at April 20, 2009 09:37 AM | PERMALINK

And so now the press is all over the possibility it was a tapped call of Harman and Haim Saban. Holy shit. Saban is one of the biggest Dem. funders in history, giving vast sums to the party in recent years, particularly toward Terry McA. and Clinton endeavors. On tap of that he's funded the Saban Center (think DC, Israel-friendly, Brookings).

Posted by: Armand at April 20, 2009 11:51 AM | PERMALINK
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