According to an interview with the Daily Beast, Attorney General Eric Holder felt a sense of “remorse” when the Washington Post ran a story about “how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him.”
Aides reportedly told the publication that Holder felt “a creeping sense of personal remorse” upon reading the affidavit obtained by the WaPo describing Rosen as “at the very least … an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” I guess Holder didn’t feel a little uncomfortable when he actually signed the search warrant to obtain the communications of a journalist.
Aides explained Holder’s behavior:
There may also be a cultural factor at the root of his decision. Prosecutors tend to have a somewhat insular mindset, not always able to see clearly beyond the walls of their cases. They are often dogged investigators, trained to vacuum up as much evidence as possible to sustain convictions in courts of law. That sometimes means taking maximum advantage of every law and procedural rule. It also can mean seeing every activity of those in their sights through a more sinister lens than may be justified.
It must be a very selective insularity.
(H/T to Weasel Zippers)