New Cover-up in Boston Bombing Sagaâ€”Blaming Moscow -
By Russ Baker
"Thatâ€™s what the New York Times says. Had the Russians told the Americans everything they knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bombing might have been averted by the FBI. The Times knows this because it was told so by an anonymous â€śsenior American officialâ€ť who got an advance look at a report from the â€śintelligence community.â€ť
Consider the cynical manipulation of public opinion involved here. The government permits, presumably authorizes, a high officialâ€”the Attorney General or someone of that status, perhaps even the Vice Presidentâ€”to leak confidential information for no apparent purpose beyond seeking to put a damper on legitimate inquiries into the behavior of the American government at the most fundamental level.
And the worldâ€™s vaunted â€śnewspaper of recordâ€ťâ€”its brand largely based on insider access and the willingness of powerful figures to give it â€śhot stuffâ€ť in return for controlling public perceptionsâ€” shamelessly runs this leak with no attempt to question its timing or provenance