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Michael Scheuer Watch #11: The Danish Affair Is Not Over

A well-placed Washington source has written to me to point out that in my previous post I misunderstood an important aspect of CIA secrecy regulations. He informs me that even when the press reports about classified facts, former and present CIA officers are enjoined, under penalty of prosecution, from commenting in any way that might confirm those classified facts.

In other words, if Scheuer did talk to Politiken about the extraordinary rendition of a terrorist suspect and confirmed that the rendition occurred or provided other details, he might still be at risk for prosecution. It is necessary therefore to re-raise some questions that have still not been put to bed. 1. Did Scheuer comment to Politiken about the rendition operation?

2. If he did, was the information he provided still classified even if details about it were previously available in the media?

Connecting the Dots is conducting an experiment in collaborative investigative journalism. So far, the experiment is reaping handsome dividends. Readers are sending in dots at a steady clip, helping us construct as accurate as possible a picture not only of the Danish Affair but also of other fascinating matters pertaining to our hero yet to be discussed.

If you can help me connect more dots, write to letters@commentarymagazine.com and put Michael Scheuer Watch in the subject line.

A complete guide to other items in this Michael Scheuer Watch series can be found here.



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