I finished your book and feel it should be required reading for journalists and journalism students. You put a lot into perspective.
One point you clarified: why the administration went after aipac. Obvious in retrospect.
What's at stake is the responsibility of journalists and how they treat what they are given off the record, ranging from the quality of information of sources to the intent of the source. When journalists are given misinformation and they go with it who is at fault? The journalist, of course. Why anyone trusts government sources until proven innocent is beyond me. The founding fathers
set up a government that they said was a barrier against the untrustworthiness of leaders.
The complacency and coziness of the press with government officials is the issue behind the Plame/Wilson story as well as he run up to the war and the destruction of civil liberties in which the administration is engaged. A national shield law is needed to protect legitimate sources. Illegitimate (sources) should be exposed by the press not by name but by engaging in additional reporting to reveal that the government is trying to destroy someone or an institution or a principle.