Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said that Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state and national security adviser under President George W. Bush, personally asked for special press treatment — specifically, for the newspaper to kill a story.

Ms. Rice reportedly made the request while national security adviser, regarding a story from journalist James Risen on the CIA, Ms. Abramson said.

Ms. Rice was somewhat awkward during the ordeal, requesting a personal visit, Ms. Abramson said.

“She had a legal yellow notebook on her lap with lots of notes on it, and once I had taken a seat across from her, she barely looked up,” she said during a “60 Minutes” interview. “She basically read in a very stern manner from her notes on this legal pad, which were just point after point about why this story would be damaging to the national security.

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