Apr 7, 2006

What-eva, I’ll do what I want!

True to form, Bush is trying to change the rules in the middle of the game, now saying that the Plame leak wasn’t a “leak,” per se:
The White House refused to comment directly on the court filing, except to point out that Bush's very decision to disclose classified information means he declassified it -- an assessment shared by independent legal experts.

A senior administration official, speaking on background because White House policy prohibits comment on an active investigation, said Bush sees a distinction between leaks and what he is alleged to have done. The official said Bush authorized the release of the classified information to assure the public of his rationale for war as it was coming under increasing scrutiny.
In other words, “It wasn’t a leak, because I declassified the information before I leaked it.” Sounds like an indirect admission that he authorized the leak to me. Changing the classification of a document before disclosing it was a purely tactical move which, according to Nancy Pelosi, was a highly egregious error – not only for Valerie Plame – but for the entire country:

“I served for 13 years on the House intelligence committee, and I know intelligence must never be classified or declassified for political purposes,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “One of the constants in the Bush administration's miserable record on Iraq has been the manipulation of intelligence precisely for political purposes. That has caused our intelligence—which used to be accepted without question around the world—to be viewed with skepticism by the international community.”
Is the beating of the Impeachment Drum getting louder yet? I hear it off in the distance, but I'm hoping the sound will be deafening. And soon.

(Thanks to TPM for the heads up. Cross-posted at Bring It On!)

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Well said Pelosi.

My stance on the leak is this...I'm caring less and less about the legality of such a thing, because when you listen to even the most unbiased legal scholars debate this issue, it sounds as if Bush probably didn't break the law.

My interest lies more in how Bush can justify declassifying this information? How do you endanger the life at worst, and end the career of, at best, a CIA officer working as a spy regarding WMD's and call youself a national security president?

And how the fuck is it that this president can continue to run on the national security bullshit?

Imagine for one second...if Clinton or Al Gore OUTED A FUCKING SPY, post 9/11. Are you kidding me?