Thursday, January 05, 2006
Was CNN's Christiane Amanpour Spied On?
Attytood: "If you're a blog junkie, you may have seen the speculation bounding around "the Internets" that CNN's Christiane Amanpour, (Iranian-born Middle East specialist, wife of Jamie Rubin-- he was a former official in the Clinton administration State Dept & in 2004 he served as a foreign policy advisor to John Kerry) was a subject of Bush's stepped-up post-9/11 spying campaign. Why the speculation? It's all the fault of NBC's Andrea Mitchell, and this question that she posed on the air to the NYTimes' James Risen (the reporter who broke the domestic spying story and author of this book), Mitchell asked: You don't have any info, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon? Risen didn't. But presumedly Mitchell (Mrs Alan Greenspan) who seems to know more than she reports (read our earlier post on her role in the Plame case) hears things, or she wouldn't have asked the question. If this had been a trial, Mitchell might have added, "I w/draw the question, Your Honor," and a judge would have told the crt reporter to strike it from the record. Instead, it was live TV, and there was no way to get that genie back in the bottle. (Not that NBC didn't try. In yet another example of why "media transparency" seems to be an oxymoron, the network actually deleted the question from its interview transcript. UPDATE: Here is something of an explanation from NBC, plus this info from AmericaBlog confirming NBC is investigating the claim:) So, now that the subject is out on the table, we need to look at why the US govt would want to spy on the CNN reporter." Well, clearly her non-hillbilly accent alone should make her a suspect in BushCo's 'Murka.