Fans of Sandy Berger will join me in bitterly denouncing this shameless attempt by partisans unknown to embarrass Bush by leaking news of an ongoing investigation just before his convention - "Pentagon Official Suspected of Giving U.S. Secrets to Israel".
Bah! My hearts not in it - because this follows the "leak bad news on Friday" rule, and because plenty of Republicans don't like the neo-cons, this could have been leaked by anybody. And the politics are a minefield - spying on the US is bad, but bashing Israel is bad, too. And we know the AIPAC likes Bush!
A detail which half-identifies the subject of the investigation:
The Pentagon analyst who officials said was under suspicion was one of two department officials who traveled to Paris for secret meetings with Iranian dissidents, including Manucher Ghorbanifar, an arms dealer.
More on the not-so-secret meeting; the candidates, please:
The senior administration official identified two of the Defense officials who met with Ghorbanifar as Harold Rhode, Feith's top Middle East specialist, and Larry Franklin, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst on loan to the undersecretary's office.
This would all be embarrassing if these guys were subject to that emotion.