The American Spectator: "
'We thought that once the reporters and editors understood that one, these were not warrantless searches, and two, that this was a successful program that had netted real bad guys, and three, that it was a program that was helping us with current, ongoing cases, they would agree to hold off or just not do a story,' says the U.S. Treasury official. 'But it became clear that nothing we said was going sway them. Whomever they were talking to, whoever was leaking the stuff, had them sold on this story.'
To that end, the Justice Department has quietly and unofficially begun looking into possible sources for the leak. 'We don't think it's someone currently employed by the government or involved in law enforcement or the intelligence community,' says another Justice source. 'That stuff about 'current and former' sources just doesn't wash. No one currently working on terrorism investigations that use SWIFT data would want to leak this or see it leaked by others. We think we're looking at fairly high-ranking, former officials who want to make life difficult for us and what we do for whatever reasons.'"
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