“That was our bad.” US government “spoils Glenn Greenwald's” the Intercept’s scoop, tips off rival outlet

Before getting into the “inside media baseball” aspect of this story, let’s get one thing out of the way first: The real newsworthy item here is that the US National Counterterrorism Center’s list of known or suspected terrorists doubled between March 2010 and the end of 2013 from about 550,000 people to 1.1 million people.
According to the Intercept, 680,000 of these people are on a Terrorist Screening Database that is shared with “local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments.” And out of those, 40 percent have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”
It’s a huge story and a major scoop for the Intercept, the subsidiary of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media organization which, with respect, has seen its share of growing pains. Or at least it would have been a major scoop had the Associated Press not published the story a few minutes earlier. Was the Intercept simply too slow on the uptake? Did they get bested fair and square by a rival publication?http://pando.com/2014/08/05/that-was-our-bad-us-government-spoils-the-intercepts-scoop-tips-off-rival-outlet/