Dylan Byers asked New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet about today’s revelation that reporter Mark Mazzetti forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson in August of 2011. Baquet’s response:
I know the circumstances, and if you knew everything that’s going on, you’d know it’s much ado about nothing. I can’t go into in detail. But I’m confident after talking to Mark that it’s much ado about nothing. The optics aren’t what they look like. I’ve talked to Mark, I know the circumstance, and given what I know, it’s much ado about nothing.