'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Thursday, June 03, 2004

You don't say ... 

So here's why Bush is lawyering himself up ... according to Capitol Hill Blue

Witnesses told a federal grand jury President George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative's name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq.

Now, maybe I don't have to point this out but this allegation flies in the face of the White House's on record version of the Plame affair, afterall according to Scottie McClellan

The president believes leaking classified information is a very serious matter and it should be pursued to the fullest extent by the appropriate agency and the appropriate agency is the Department of Justice

and Scottie also directly stated that Bush knew nothing more about the leak than anyone else: (same source as above)

Of course in any matter like this we will cooperate with the Department of Justice. There has been no information brought to us or that has come to our attention beyond the media reports to suggest there was White House involvement.

Also, Novak's defense has always been that the leak was accidental, or at least unplanned, that it came out in the course of a conversation about Wilson:

Nobody in the Bush administration called me to leak this. In July I was interviewing a senior administration official on Ambassador Wilson's report when he told me the trip was inspired by his wife, a CIA employee working on weapons of mass destruction. Another senior official told me the same thing.*

It's kind of hard to believe the above if Bush "knew about, and took no action to stop" the accidental leak before it happened...

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