Time’s Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf have a months long tick-tock chronicling the steps and missteps of soon-to-be-former White House Counsel Greg Craig. There’s too much good stuff in there to bother with a block quote.

In essence, the article lays out how Craig, who thought that both the rule of law and Obama’s campaign rhetoric pointed in favor of disclosure, won an internal argument to release the so-called “torture memos,” only to be outmaneuvered weeks later by members of the administration’s national security team. Take a look.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.