In an interview with NYT reporter and author James Risen recently, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell asked this very pointed question about the Bush administration’s domestic spying program:
|MITCHELL: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?
RISEN: No, I don’t. It’s not clear to me. That’s one of the questions we’ll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don’t know the answer to that
MITCHELL: You don’t have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?
RISEN: No, no I hadn’t heard that.
After AMERICAblog highlighted the excerpt this afternoon, the reference to Amanpour was removed from the transcript. (Here is the edited version.)
Here are questions that deserve answers tonight:
> Why did Mitchell ask specifically about Amanpour?
> Does Amanpour believe she was eavesdropped upon? Does she have any evidence of this?
> Why did MSNBC.com remove the reference to Amanpour from the transcript?