Michael Leiter Wasn't Skiing Through Attack

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Contrary to a new report, National Counterterrorism Chief Michael Leiter was not shushing down the slopes on Christmas Day when the Nigerian underpants bomber struck on a Detroit-bound flight. "That's called not-so-friendly fire from the IC [intelligence community] looking for a fall guy," says one spook at the NCTC, located in Virginia near the beltway. "[Leiter] was here to the very end of the day, like me and many, many others," says another. The command center is staffed 24 hours 365 days a year.

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