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Cheney Calls Press ‘Tattletales’ Over Bank-gate Disclosure

from the Times [with liberties at the end by JW]:

Cheney Assails Press on Report on Bank Data

WASHINGTON, June 23 — Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday vigorously defended a secret program that examines banking records of Americans and others in a vast international database, and harshly criticized the news media for disclosing an operation he said was legal and “absolutely essential” to fighting terrorism.

“What I find most disturbing about these stories is the fact that some of the news media take it upon themselves to disclose vital national security programs, thereby making it more difficult for us to prevent future attacks against the American people,” Mr. Cheney said, in impromptu remarks at a fund-raising luncheon for a Republican Congressional candidate in Chicago. “That offends me.”

Shoving aside his Vitamin Water, Mr. Cheney continued, “I mean, dammit. When did the media get so goddam snoopy with regard to government affairs? You guys are tattletales.”

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