Thursday, April 06, 2006

Dubya Fingered in Leak Investigation

It turns out that President Bush and Vice President Cheney really are strong on defense... Defense of their own jobs that is. Screw the troops... Screw National Security... Four more years is all that mattered to Bush and Cheney.

It turns out that Bush himself authorized the leaking of classified information to the media. Didn't he once say that if anyone in the White House was complicit in the leaking of classified information contained in the National Intelligence Estimate that also lead to the leaking of Valerie Plame's name, they would no longer be working in the White House?

Well, Mr. Bush... Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. And remember, canserve energy. Please turn out the lights before leaving.

Papers: Cheney Aide Says Bush OK'd Leak
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 6, 2006; 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.

Before his indictment, I. Lewis Libby testified to the grand jury investigating the CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass on information and that it was Bush who authorized the disclosure, the court papers say. According to the documents, the authorization led to the July 8, 2003, conversation between Libby and New York Times reporter Judith Miller.

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tommy said...

Well if I read it correctly it looks to be like the article is saying Bush signed an executive order declassifying information to be released to the media which is not the same thing as leaking classified information.

There may be a case as to whether or not he has the authority to do that (he may, I just don't know). There is also nothing in the article that leads to the conclusion that Bush authorized the leaking of Plame's name.

In short, I think it's one of those things that is vague enough you can read it for whatever you want.

Dingo said...

I did not mean to imply that he authorized the leaking of her name. That is why I said "which led to," but that may not have been appearant.

He can declassify info, but it needs to go through specific channels which were not followed here. But, then again, when has Bush ever really give much thought to "rules." And just because he has the authority to do it doesn't mean he SHOULD do it, especially if it if for political gain and nothing else.

I am just tired of his crap and his double speak. I am sooooo looking forward to 2008. I highly doubt that even another Republican administration couldn't be half as bad as this one.

Harrison said...

So Patrick Leahy can leak classified info that really does get people killed and not only doesn't go to jail, but remains in the Senate as a "respected leader."

The President of the United States, however, who really does have the authority to declassify information (who else does? George Soros? ACLU?), should be run out of town on a rail.

Just checkin'.

And no, there can't be any "Congressional Debate" on declassification 'cause (in case you haven't figured it out for yourself) the info would have to be declassified before such a debate could occur.

Dingo said...

As I said, he has the authority to declassify info. But maybe he should not have spent so much time saying that anyone who leaked the info chould be run out of town on a rail. Let his deeds follow his words. I am tired of being lied to.