Guess the Anonymous Source

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Nation/World editor Terry Atlas brings us this item:

Guess who? Take a look at this White House transcript of a "senior administration official" speaking to the press traveling with Vice President Cheney aboard Air Force Two. Who could it be?

It's common practice for high-ranking government officials to speak with reporters on "background" as an unnamed senior official, even if many news-savvy Washingtonistas often can figure out who the speaker is. Rarely, though, it is the cloak of anonymity quite so transparent. The lesson for this senior administration official: Avoid using giveaway personal pronouns, "me" and "I."