White House Tries to Stop New York Times Op-Ed That Cleared CIA

Excellent – I can start using my ‘fascism 14’ categories early:

The CIA reviewed the article and cleared it for publication, but the White House put the brakes on it, saying it contained classified information that the CIA missed. Leverett cried foul: "All of my publications on Iran — and, indeed, on any other policy matter on which I have written since leaving government — were cleared beforehand by the CIA’s Publication Review Board to confirm that I would not be disclosing classified information." Now Steve Clemons, a friend of Leverett’s, reports on his blog (ed.: see editorial note below) that tomorrow the Times will run the op-ed "with redacted lines ‘blacked out.’" Clemons told me by phone that the Times will instruct readers where they can find the omitted information in other (unclassified) publications — like, for instance, in Leverett’s paper on the same topic called "Dealing with Tehran," published through the Century Foundation.