on screw-ups by the US government mishandling secret material and posting information it shouldn't be posting online?
I can't possibly be the only person who finds it weird that the New York Times's story about the mistake the US government made in posting a confidential report on nukes in the US quotes former CIA director John Deutch to the effect that "screwups happen" with confidential information? Yet makes no mention at all of Deutch's own phenomenol screw-ups in keeping CIA files on an unprotected computer at his home, among numerous other security breaches -- breaches noteworthy mostly for the attitude of genial contempt with which Deutch held the secrets of his own agency? Says the Times:
"These screw-ups happen," said John M. Deutch, a former director of central intelligence and deputy secretary of defense who is now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "It's going further than I would have gone but doesn't look like a serious breach."
Here is the CIA Inspector General's report from 1998.
"Going further than I would have gone"? I think I will chalk this up to a sublimely dry sense of humor on the part of some editor at the NYT and leave it at that. One can only admire the supreme editorial self-confidence that allows a newspaper to deliver the punch-line entirely by indirection -- tacit, as it were.