Archive for Saturday, April 8, 2006

Bush didn’t leak, White House says

Spokesman: Information already was declassified

April 8, 2006


— The White House insisted Friday that President Bush did nothing wrong in authorizing a leak of prewar intelligence because he had allegedly declassified the secret information.

The White House was silent about the leak for almost 24 hours before spokesman Scott McClellan said the president - who has repeatedly trashed government leakers - slipped the information to the New York Times "in the public interest."

The furor over the leak erupted when court documents revealed that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, had told investigators that Bush had authorized him to leak parts of the CIA's secret National Intelligence Estimate to the Times.

McClellan argued Friday there was nothing wrong in what the president did because Bush had declassified the information.

"Declassifying information and providing it to the public when it is in the public interest is one thing," McClellan said.

"But leaking classified information that could compromise our national security is something that is very serious, and there's a distinction," he said.

McClellan was pressed on whether Bush leaked the information before it was declassified.

On July 18, 2003, McClellan had announced that parts of the National Intelligence Estimate had been declassified that day. But Libby testified before a grand jury that 10 days earlier he had been authorized by Bush and Cheney to leak the information.

McClellan declined to address the conflict between his and Libby's time line.

The leak came several months after the invasion of Iraq, as U.S. troops were unable to find any of the weapons of mass destruction that were a main reason for the war.


pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

He lied, he snitched, he snooped, he can't do it and he ain't looking for someone who can. The old saw, don't do anything wrong, if you do don't get caught, if you do get caught stand up and take it, well three strikes and I wish he was out.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, well. Wonder what all the knee-jerk, conservative looney-tunes will make of this? "McClellan declined to address the conflict between his and Libby's timeline" - but we won't decline at all.

Bush is dumber than a bag of hammers. We've always known - since his phony duty in the Texas Air National Guard and his drunk driving arrest and his alleged infatuation with cocaine and his failed oil company and the Harken mess and the funeral home scandal and his pandering to the right executing Karla Fay - that he is not presidential material. And we've turned away from efforts to have him censured, even impeached, for, while he is a dummy, there was never any evidence of clear, unadulterated lawbreaking. Until now.

Let's impeach this lollipop. He has committed a much greater offense than William the Great's sexual liaisons in the Oval Office (which some of us think was a gently amusing episode) and should pay accordingly.

Or, perhaps it would be wiser to leave him in office. He is the single best guarantee we have at the moment that Democrats will triumph (not just win, but triumph) in the November mid-term elections, and that a Democrat will win the White house in '08.

A final thought. Just how proud do you think old George Herbert Walker Bush is of his son now?

chrisgladfelter 11 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how long it will take for a conservative to get on here and blame the whole fiasco on Clinton...

Wilbur_Nether 11 years, 11 months ago

The issue is not comparable to Clinton's offenses. Furthermore, if the information truly was declassified, then I seriously doubt this would be an impeachable offense. xenophonschild's post consists mainly of outdated or ad hominem invective. Publish your indictment of Bush, if you must, xenophonschild--you are entitled to the freedom of speech, after all--but try to do better than simply calling someone a dummy. Finally, I doubt seroiusly that his presence in office "guarantees" anything, except that he is our President.

pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

He lied. He ratted out an agent to push his lie. He does not honor basic civil rights. He leads an army and policy that tortures and massacres. He lies. No his offences don't compare to Clintons. He will probably go down in history as the president that destroyed America's honor and economy. No that doesn't compare to some jerk jerking off.

pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

My fondest memories of Clinton were how he worked with congress to balance the budget, he had good environmental standards, made moderate judicial appointments.
Bush lied to get us into war, he snitched, doesn't respect civil rights, his policy and leadership supports torture and masacres. His spending is all ego and may destroy generations of middle american families. He lied about not knowing (see video) about New Orleans vulnerability, the drowning of americans after the storm rest on his shoulders, his lack of comprehension. I believe the man is downright stupid.

pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

as usual, just silly inuendo comment, no content, no thought, lazy man. Compare the economic policies and results. I'm probably cleaner than you but you use that as your arguement, might say what you are drinking. If one is not responsible in their arguement then it is not even a spring wind just a breeze blowing litter in an alley.

pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

renarkably empty post by holygrailale. While I disagree with the idea that Plame wasn't undercover, it is a least some sort of arguement. I admit that I never liked Bush, but I had respect for a lot of republicans. I thought their party was besieged by their radical edge much as I felt in some ways the Democrates were too socialistic and not enough New Deal but I never dreamt the republicans would tolerate such such poor management in so many areas. Don't any of you conservatives even think we need new leadership in the current foreign policy, in spending, in home security/fema, the environment. Are you really so radicalized that you no longer can bitch about what is going on. Bush seems to be stupid.

pelliott 11 years, 11 months ago

I apoligize, Holygrailale, my previous post was a little silly, shouldn't type fast after midnight, see you all tomorrow, we will settle it before the Iran war, right.

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