Can we trust their claims? They were in charge of a program that may have violated the law.
It's tough, but we have to give deference to people like General Hayden, who was head of the NSA and later the CIA, who said that these disclosures hurt critical capabilities. In a time of war, the press has to think twice and thrice.
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Corrected on 6/28/10: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Gabriel Schoenfeld's chess ranking. He is a master.