Tuesday :: Oct 7, 2003

Exactly How Much Does Bush Really Want to Find the Leaker?


by Steve

It sure is comforting to see our president, who is so committed we are told to finding the leaker of classified information on the Plame affair, say that he isn’t sure if we’ll find out who did it. “This is a large administration,” said the man whose administration knew within hours of 9-11 that Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda was responsible, and who knew with total certainty that Hussein was running a WMD program that posed an imminent threat to the United States. The fact is that these guys are certain when they want to be, and can find and smear anyone they want when they want. The people in the White House who had the means to find out that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative also have the means to find out who in the building outed her. If they want to, that is, if they are really concerned about the damage done within the intelligence community by this fiasco.

Remember this: the original charge leveled by the Post’s story was not that the leakers came from “the administration” but rather from “two top White House officials.” It is clear that the Bushies are misdirecting the media away from looking at the White House itself, towards a pursuit of unnamed and hard-to-find someones out in the “large administration.” And if they cannot hold off the media with that gambit, they will apparently resort to Pacemaker Dick’s tried-and-true “executive privilege” whitewash.

That'll sure build confidence amongst the public that this White House isn't hiding something, won't it?

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