Senator Bunning: The New York Times Committed Treason

This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," June 26, 2006, that was edited for clarity.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Now to the Senate, where my next guest wants those involved in this story at The New York Times and those who leaked it to be tried for treason. He is Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

Senator, pretty stiff terms. Why?

SEN. JIM BUNNING, R-KY.: Why? Because they have put all of our troops at risk. And anyone who abets the enemy during a war and helps them should be held responsible.

It should be the people who made the decision on publishing the story, it should be the people who wrote the story, and it should be, also, the leakers of the story. Let's get it right, so we don't have any misunderstanding who we think has committed treasonous acts.

CAVUTO: Do you have any support with this, Senator, a colleague said, "You know, Jim, you're onto something"? Who else is supporting you in this effort?

BUNNING: Well, I can read an awful lot of people who gave feedback, but I don't have them on my hands right now.

But a lot of people have given feedback that The New York Times stepped over the line. And, in war, you can't step over the line in helping our enemies to defeat us.

CAVUTO: Would you — would you, Senator...

BUNNING: Listen, Neil...

CAVUTO: .I understand your position, sir. I do — I wish we had so much more time. We don't. So, I do want to ask you about the L.A. Times and the Wall Street Journal, that, as you know...

BUNNING: But The New York Times broke the story.

CAVUTO: ... also published this story.

So, you're saying go for the ones who broke the story?

BUNNING: That's absolutely correct.

The fact that others followed means nothing to me. It was The New York Times who broke the story, and in consultation with both the Senate and the House Intelligence Committee, knowing full well what was going on.

Do you know The New York Times, 13 days after 9/11, wrote the exact same editorial in their paper, that we should do exactly what the Bush administration has suggested to do and is doing and implemented it? And they were all for it at the time, because it was 13 days after 9/11.

CAVUTO: So, as things stand now, this is a treasonous offense for you. If the newspaper, which I can't imagine, came out and apologized for this, that wouldn't be good enough for Jim Bunning?

BUNNING: No, sir. They have already given the most pathetic explanation for doing it through Mr. Keller.

CAVUTO: I see.

BUNNING: And I say pathetic, because it was a pathetic story that I read, in his explaining why The New York Times released the story that they had gathered.

CAVUTO: OK. Senator Bunning, thank you very much. We'll see where this goes.

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