New York Times national security reporter Mark Mazzetti made a "mistake" by forwarding an advance copy of Maureen Dowd's August 6, 2011 to a CIA spokesperson after Dowd asked him to check a fact shortly before deadline, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told TPM:
Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a CIA spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd. This action was a mistake that is not consistent with New York Times standards.