In 2004, the New York Times was about to publish a story on domestic spying. But its editor at the time, Bill Keller, ended up spiking the story after visiting the White House and being told its publication could cause the next 9/11 terrorist attack.
Last night's breaking news that allied troops captured a top Taliban commander was actually uncovered by The New York Times last week. White House officials asked the paper to hold the story to avoid compromising intelligence gathering activities.
Journalist David Rohde escaped the Taliban captors who had been holding him hostage since November. This situation was kept secret to protect Rohde, but Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, joins The Takeaway now to tell the story.
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