The Plame Affair

Georgebush Leaker-in-chief? Or a lawful turning of the spout?

Let's go to straight to reporter Murray Waas, who's led on the story about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame since the beginning. He writes in the National Journal:

Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq, according to papers filed in federal court [PDF] on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified to a federal grand jury that he had received "approval from the President through the Vice President" to divulge portions of a National Intelligence Estimate regarding Saddam Hussein's purported efforts to develop nuclear weapons, according to the court papers. Libby was said to have testified that such presidential authorization to disclose classified information was "unique in his recollection," the court papers further said.

Libby also testified that an administration lawyer told him that Bush, by authorizing the disclosure of classified information, had in effect declassified the information. Legal experts disagree on whether the president has the authority to declassify information on his own.

Power Line says this is just more Bush-bashing from the Bush-hating left.

Legal, say experts quoted by the Washington Post, but highly unusual to use sensitive intelligence for political gain.

Citizen Mom
Posted 04/06/2006 08:14:40 PM

That giant clanking noise is the sound of the dime being dropped.

molly & sandy
Posted 04/06/2006 10:58:29 PM

We've been waiting for this day for a long time---let the champagne flow!!!!

Citizen Mom
Posted 04/07/2006 07:48:12 AM

Doesn't make me want to celebrate, it just pisses me of even more.

Posted 04/30/2006 10:18:44 PM

Just another reason why this presidency will go down as the worse in history!

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