Thursday, April 06, 2006

Another shootout at Credibility Gap

Now, granted, I recognize that the news below isn't nearly as important as today's mega-reported revelation that Merideth Vieira will become Matt Lauer's smiling couchmate, but what the heck, there's a war on:

Here's President Bush, on Sept. 30, 2003: "“There’s just too many leaks, and if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.”
Here he is again, on Oct. 28, 2003: "I’d like to know if somebody in my White House did leak sensitive information.”
Perhaps he should be looking in the mirror?
Today there are two reliable reports, here and here, that indicted vice-presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby - obeying a specific order from Bush - leaked the contents of a highly classified intelligence document to the media during the summer of 2003 in order to defend the administration's rationale for war in Iraq.
That choice nugget is contained in papers filed yesterday in federal court by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Libby told the grand jury that he leaked the classified information based on "approval from the President through the Vice President." Sound crazy? You can read the whole court filing for yourself, here. The wires have picked up this story, too.
A question for Bush at his next press conference: "Sir, concerning the apparent leaks of classified national security information, and the sworn testimony by your vice president's top aide, do you intend to get to the bottom of all this?"