New York Times reporter leaked Maureen Dowd column to CIA

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.

* NYT reporter leaked advance copy of Dowd column to CIA (