City Paper is not for tourists
Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig already had a slew of trophy-worthy stories behind her—exposing misdeeds at Bank of America, in the North Carolina governor’s office, and at Guantanamo Bay—before she turned her attention to the U.S. Secret Service. The scoops came fast and furious this fall. First, in the face of an intruder hopping a White House fence and entering through an unlocked door, Leonnig revealed in September that the agency hadn’t even noticed a 2011 shooting at the executive mansion. Yikes. Then, just days later, Leonnig dropped the bombshell: The fence-jumper not only made it inside the White House, but he actually knocked down an agent inside the door and managed to get to the East Room. Shortly after, agency director Julia Pierson resigned. Though the stories were of national significance, they brought about deep local anxiety, raising concerns that cumbersome and inconvenient security measures were in our future just because the president’s guards couldn’t lock a front door. Asked why sources in the Secret Service seemed to be turning to Leonnig rather their their superiors, she told the Huffington Post in October, “I think they trusted the Washington Post more than they trusted their headquarters’ leadership.” No, Carol, they trusted you.