The terrorists did not realize how much information the Administration was gleaning from their communications. To leak this information in the form of a news story deprives the government of an effective tool to protect our nation.
The NYT's decision to not publish this sensitive information at that time was the best choice they could have made. The security of our Nation could have been compromised.
In these times of Terrorism the media are justified in deceiving or witholding information that could be crucial to our National Security. Whether we approve of wiretapping or not, it is a decision that our president made in our country's best interest.