June 25, 2004
“We’re living in dark times,” [Hersh] says, gently rubbing his gray-thatched temples.
He inhabits a reality we can barely glimpse, crosscut by the chatter of encrypted satellite signals. For national security officials, leaking to Hersh is “generally better than writing a memo to the president,” remarks his friend and competitor, Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus.
In recent months, The New Yorker editor David Remnick says, Hersh “seems to begin every phone call with the line, `It’s worse than you think.’”
The secrets don’t show on his face, but when Hersh lets down his guard even a little, the inner life of the inside man seems to leak into the air around him. He is haunted by the as-yet-unpublished photographs of Iraq prison abuses. “You haven’t begun to see evil until you’ve seen some of these pictures that haven’t come out,” he says.
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