nixon had his plumbers, bush has his leaks

Did Bush misuse presidential powers when he authorized Scooter Libby to release classified materials to the press? According to the experts consulted by the Christian Science Monitor, “(The) leaks are probably legal but ‘amount to using sensitive intelligence data for political gain.’” Arlen Specter, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that the President “owes (an) explanation to the American people.” Jo Wilson, the former US Ambassador whose wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a covert CIA operative in a related White House leak, agrees… The big question is, did Bush lie about his role when he was interviewed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald several months ago? (He certainly lied to the rest of us.)

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  1. j7uy5
    Posted April 10, 2006 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Actually, there now has been a second leak. The second leak removes any doubt that doubters may have had regarding the malevolence of the leaker-in-chief.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2125730,00.html

    Now, Bush owes an explanation to the Israeli people as well as to the American people.

    There are spiders in the Truth Supply.

  2. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted April 10, 2006 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    This passage from that article, j7uy5, reminded me of something.

    They said Bush

  3. mark
    Posted April 10, 2006 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Word on the street is that the attack begins the moment Bush’s approval rating dips below 30%…. So, if you don’t want war, be sure to say that you love the man when the polling firm calls.

  4. j7uy5
    Posted April 10, 2006 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Plame was working on Iranian WMD’s, specifically, nuclear proliferation.

    http://www.mousemusings.com/weblogs/2006/04/thinking-while-linking.html

    The revelation that Iran was the focal point of Plame’s work raises new questions as to possible other motivating factors in the White House’s decision to reveal the identity of a CIA officer working on tracking a WMD supply network to Iran, particularly when the very topic of Iran’s possible WMD capability is of such concern to the Administration.

    Apparently, he decided that he did not need whatever facts the intelligence operation might produce. After all, facts can be so damned inconvenient. It may very well be the case, that the outing of Plame had more to do with getting rid of actual intelligence, than with a need to discredit Wilson.

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