We love smearing people. Not only is it fun, it is a great way to distract the public and avoid accountability.
CQ had an article alleging a prid pro quo between Rep. Harman and AIPAC.
Two former senior national security officials, one who has read a transcript of the wiretap and a second who was briefed on its contents, said Harman agreed during the conversation to “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference.” Their accounts were confirmed by a third source with knowledge of the wiretapped conversation and subsequent events.
First of all, why are the contents of this transcript being leaked? What public interest is being served? If this is part of a legitimate investigation (that is, authorized by a warrant), then it has been compromised. If there is no warrant, than this is the politicization of the NSA. Harman seems to think it might be the latter.
Ron Kampeas at Capitol J has a good run down of all the problems with this article.
Notice how these disasters invariably involve anonymous sources? How long before one of your clients gets smeared in such a manner?
Never be an anonymous source.
Edit - Why the anonymice might have gone after Harman.