Obama takes unexpected fire on his left flank on his way out the door:
If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama
The author is the NY Times very own James Risen, who was one of a number of journalists caught in the crosshairs (Ooops - trigger alert!) of Obama's war on leaks.
And he does not make the point explicitly but Risen has blame to spread around:
In fact, before the George W. Bush administration, only one person was ever convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking — Samuel Morison, a Navy analyst arrested in 1984 for giving spy satellite photos of a Soviet aircraft carrier to Jane’s Defense Weekly. He was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
Things began to change in the Bush era, particularly after the Valerie Plame case. The 2003 outing of Ms. Plame as a covert C.I.A. operative led to a criminal leak investigation, which in turn led to a series of high-profile Washington journalists being subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and name the officials who had told them about her identity. Judith Miller, then a New York Times reporter, went to jail for nearly three months before finally testifying in the case.
I think it is fair to say that much of the media hue and cry surrounding Ms. Plame had a partisan tinge, and that tinge was bluish, not red. And the Times had a special angle, alluded to above - they were intent on pretending that Judith Miller was in jail to protect the identity of her sources. In fact, one of her sources, Lewis Libby, had already testified to a grand jury about comversations with ms. Miller; the subpoena to Miller specifically named Libby as the topic of inquiry. (That said, there may have been a concern that the grand jury would ask questions beyond the scope of the subpoena and Ms. Miller, who would not have a lawyer present, would forget her legal briefing.)
That said, an anti-Cheney faction on the Republican side was happy to play along.