...senior officials said Tuesday that some al-Qaida fugitives escaped after news reports revealed the arrest of Osama's computer expert who was cooperating with investigators.
Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a 25-year-old Pakistani, was nabbed in a July 13 raid in Lahore. His capture was a signal victory for Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. He led authorities to a key al-Qaida figure and sent e-mails to terrorists so investigators could trace them.
But on Tuesday, two senior officials expressed dismay that the arrest of Khan made it into the media too soon — reported first in American newspapers on Aug. 2 after it was disclosed to journalists by U.S. officials in Washington. "Let me say that this intelligence leak jeopardized our plan and some al-Qaida suspects ran away," one of the Pakistani officials said on condition of anonymity.
Kinda Sleazy Rice acknowledged Sunday that Khan's name had been disclosed to reporters in Washington "on background," meaning that it could be published, but the information could not be attributed by name to the official who had revealed it.
The Pakistani officials said that after Khan's arrest, other al-Qaida suspects
abruptly changed their hide-outs and moved to unknown places.
...because Bush wanted to rain on the Democrat's convention.
Why isn't anybody pissed off about this?
Why is Bush helping Al Qaeda get away?
Whose side is Bush on?