Apparently, the Bush administration was putting the thumb screws to the Pakistanis to deliver during the DNC, and they appear to have obliged.
In an unexpected twist, however, The Los Angeles Times coverage suggests that the early announcement of the capture may have undermined efforts to extract useful intelligence from Ghailani:
"Another U.S. counterterrorism official said Ghailani's capture would have been even more significant if not publicized so quickly.
"He's been on the run since 1998 so you have five years of critical intelligence that can be mined: where he has been, who he has been with, how his operations worked," said the counterterrorism official.
"Now, anything that he was involved in is being shredded, burned and, thrown in a river. Those things are all going away as we speak," the official added. "We have to assume anyone affiliated with this guy is on the run . . . when usually, we can get great stuff as long as we can keep it quiet."
Several U.S. officials said it was unclear why Pakistan publicized the arrest, and a spokeswoman at the Pakistani embassy in Washington said she had no information on such details."
So the real surprise appears to be less the capture and more the mainstream press' willingness to examine the possibility that the Bush administration might (gasp) play politics with our nation's intelligence and national security interest. You can paint me happily surprised.