Originally Posted by patteeu
Couldn't they have accomplished the same thing by getting the phone records of all the people inside government that could have leaked that info? Or by coming down hard on the specific reporters who wrote the story to give up their sources? I don't think you've established vindication with your theory, complete or otherwise.
Its not the first time that phone records of reporters were acquired. Also, they don't know which phone was used, could have been a friend's phone, or a gas station monthly pay phone, which they could then track down who bought it.
"Coming down on specific reporters who wrote the story" is useless. The reporter will obviously refuse to give up their sources, and sit in jail for a while till a judge lets them go, a martyr to the cause.
If you actually want to find the leak and aren't that interested in just throwing reporters in jail, this is the only way. This story is now dying in favor of other, livelier scandals because people are now beginning to realize what was really going on when the AP began to whine and cry about this.