One other note on the Seymour Hersh article I mentioned yesterday. Like so many of Hersh’s articles, some of the juiciest inside gossip was sourced to a Pentagon consultant. I started wondering who that was a long time ago, since I assume it’s the same person who keeps popping up in article after article.
At the end of the day you just have to decide whether to trust Hersh that this source knows what he’s talking about. But it’s impossible not to wonder: Who is this person? How much access does any Pentagon consultant really have? How much of what he says is just unsubstantiated gossip he’s passing along? And if he really is reliable, why does he keep talking? What’s his angle? And if he really is leaking solid intelligence, why hasn’t the Pentagon (or anybody else) figured out who he is after several years of leaking?