The Post’s series is a serious and substantial piece of political journalism. That William Arkin has worked as a blogger for the newspaper does not, in itself, call into question the quality or veracity of his most current work. More importantly, criticisms lobbed at him by a single partisan Web site which has a reputation for skirting the truth are far too thin to form the basis of serious criticisms of “Top Secret America.”

Unfortunately, Hagey’s piece seems geared to manufacture controversy rather than actually report on it.

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Mark Greenbaum is an attorney and writer in Washington, D.C.