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Did leaks to the news media identifying the prime suspect for the Times Square car bomb prompt Faisal Shahzad to try to make a run for it on a Dubai-bound flight?

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) — the House GOP’s voice on national security and a frequent guest talking about the incident on news shows during the three-day hunt — said he thinks that's a logical conclusion, though he offers no evidence that's what happened.

On Thursday, King wrote Attorney General Eric Holder to ask him to open a formal probe of the Obama administration's leaks of meticulous details on the progress and thinking of the investigation. “We’ve received the letter and are reviewing it,” said a Justice Department spokesman.

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Ironically, as the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, King provided some details himself.

The day after the discovery of the failed car bomb, for example, King went on Fox News and CNN and said the lack of “chatter” that intelligence agencies track suggested the bomber was a “lone wolf” and not part of a terror group.

On Wednesday, however, King said Obama administration officials did not keep him briefed with the level of details leaked to the news media.