Washington Memo

Four days after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule last November, a top State Department expert boarded a British Airways flight on her way to Pakistan for urgent strategy talks with U.S. diplomats at the embassy there. The stakes were high: President Bush had just called for Musharraf to hold new elections. In Pakistan, the military had begun a violent crackdown against demonstrators.

In the diplomat's bag were several classified documents improperly removed from the main State building. One of the intelligence documents was particularly sensitive, says a department official familiar with the incident. "It dealt with longer-term contingencies and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!