Now Brennan’s role in negotiating with Stirling on the discrimination claims already provides one reason why Brennan might have a personal interest in seeing DOJ renew its pursuit of Stirling.

But there’s another: to go after Risen personally.

After all, whatever role Brennan had in Stirling’s discrimination suit, there’s no reason to believe it put Brennan at legal risk.

But Risen’s other big scoop in State of War did.

As I have shown, for at least a year, John Brennan was in charge of the process that picked who Dick Cheney would wiretap in his illegal domestic surveillance program.