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This is where my head is at, especially the bold part.Need to know? Seriously?
We're not talking about missile plans or satellite photos here.
And I agree that the consequences you list are absolutely possible.
The problem is that this was an official conversation had by two state employees so of course a news org would try to get that info in the process of writing a story. So, absent some exception, USA Today probably will win.
I'm curious if there really were metrics or if that was just creating some wiggle room within the press and the fan base.