The other day I offered evidence that the Al Qaeda mole may have been outed by Pakistan, not the U.S. Now Mickey Kaus offers a wealth of even more recent evidence supporting that theory. Kaus goes back to the original New York Times story on the mole, which said:
An account provided by a Pakistani intelligence official made clear that the crucial capture in recent weeks had been that of Mr. Khan, who is also known as Abu Talha.
The story seems to be almost explicitly pointing to Pakistani sources — not American officials — as the ones who first gave out Khan’s name.
Kaus also notes that Condi Rice’s office has backed off of Rice’s apparent admission to Wolf Blitzer that the Administration gave out the mole’s name on background.
Interesting that, while Kevin Drum leapt on Rice’s apparent admission two days ago, he has been silent on the mole story ever since. No word as to what Drum thinks of the evidence I previously provided, or what he thinks of Kaus’s arguments — all of which, taken together, make a fairly compelling case that Pakistan may have been the party at fault here. I guess that wouldn’t have the same appeal for the Bush-haters . . .