As political pundits and comedians pounced on the pictures of Kerry in what outsiders might deem a goofy-looking costume, the senator's campaign aides alleged the pictures were not supposed to be released publicly.
Not true, said NASA. Government photographers routinely snap pictures of visiting dignitaries. . . .
Furthermore, NASA spokesman Bill Johnson said the Kerry campaign asked that the pictures be taken of the senator's unusually up-close tour of the Discovery and that processing be expedited so reporters could have them.
Kerry's staff turned a little story into a big one by charging NASA with dirty tricks here. It wasn't a smart move.