White House senior adviser David Axelrod says President Barack Obama spent about a month pondering whether to release Bush-era memos about CIA interrogation techniques, and considered it a weighty decision. He thought very long and hard about it, consulted widely, because there were two principles at stake, Axelrod said . One is the sanctity of covert operations and keeping faith with the people who do them, and the impact on national security, on the one hand. And the other was the law and his belief in transparency. Obama consulted widely on memos - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com ----- Transparency. BO only wants transparency when he thinks it will make someone else look bad.