Keller explains why NYT held story of top Taliban commander’s capture

The Takeaway
Times executive editor Bill Keller says White House officials “were afraid that once the word got out other Taliban officials would go deeper underground or start taking measures to cover their tracks, so they asked us to hold off for a while.” He adds: “Obviously, we were eager to break the story … but there was no obvious public interest reason to rush the story into print and we are responsible people. We did not want to compromise what sounded like a potential intelligence coup.”

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