Bill Keller explains why The New York Times held the story of captured Taliban commander

The World

Last night’s breaking news that allied troops captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s top military commander, was actually uncovered by The New York Times last week.

The paper said White House officials asked it to hold the story in order to keep from compromising a successful intelligence-gathering effort. Bill Keller, executive editor for The New York Times, explains the decision and the process of negotiating publication with the White House.

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