The story of the vicious leak that destroyed a valuable intelligence operation was first reported by a best-selling book, validated by the Sept. 11 commission and then repeated by the president.
But it appears to be an urban myth.
This old saw was used just last week when the administration was busy denouncing the leaking of the Presidents illegal spying in the US. It is just to good to drop, even when it is factually flawed.
It will be interesting to see if it continues to rolled out in talking points, or if it will now be retired.
Bin Laden Urban Myth Surveillance