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Thursday, November 27, 2003
 
Message Discipline

Here is, in full, the only post on the NRO Corner so far which mentions the theft of documents from the computers of Democratic aides in the Senate:

LEAKER ON LEAVE [Jonathan H. Adler]
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has put a Republican staffer on administrative leave for accessing Democratic computer files, the AP reports. Among the accessed files were memos detailing opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees, suggesting Democratic Senators were taking their cues from outside interest groups, and citing Miguel Estrada's ethnicity as a reason to block his confirmation.

When committed by Republicans, theft suddenly becomes 'access' - but naturally the spin points that were used in the original leaks got rehashed.

Meanwhile, with the investigation just getting underway, the attempts at a coverup have already begun:

Earlier this week, several Judiciary Committee Republicans, including Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Larry Craig (Idaho), and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) objected to what they feared would become a open-ended fishing expedition into committee business.

“We strongly object to allowing anyone to read backup tapes or other electronic media from the Judiciary Committee server, the Exchange server or otherwise breach the privacy of our electronic files and communications,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Pickle dated Nov. 22.

Committee Republicans requested that the sergeant-at-arms give them a status report of what steps have been taken and are currently being taken in the investigation, and notify them of all current action and any future action in connection with the investigation. They also demanded that the inquiry be limited exclusively to an examination of the 14 Democratic memoranda that were leaked to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.



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