This isn't illegal on the New York Times part, but it might be on the part of whoever leaked this story.
Once again, NYT publishes information on a secret program being run against a terror organization. Why the NYT thinks that it must publish this is beyond me. I am starting to believe all those who have been screaming about press bias and the NYT's campaign against the Bush Administration. I don't see tha this does anything except tip off our enemies to our tactics.
This is disgraceful and may end up being dangerous.