“I’ve been in Washington for more than three decades. In that time I’ve been a deputy undersecretary of defense, and have made the career change to journalism.
And in both capacities, I’ve come to know one overriding fact: no one in the government leaks by accident. Whomever the leaker is, he or she is pushing an agenda.
And the leaks — if they are from the CIA — were meant to change the behavior of our government and other governments helping us combat terrorists. The leakers’ agenda cannot be explained otherwise.”
Howell Raines, former New York Times executive editor, had a slightly different take on leakers.