Jul 7, 2006

Bush to Cheney about Plame: "Let's Get This Out."

The National Journal uncovered new evidence that Bush told Cheney to out Valerie Plame, as we all know, in retaliation for Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, who accused the administration of "twisting pre-war intelligence in Iraq" to drum up the case for war. Cheney was directed to personally oversee the campaign to punish Wilson. Meanwhile, the Bush administration continues to rail against leakers, most recently threatening The New York Times with treason for publishing the story about the monitoring of wire transfers. How much hypocrisy and lies, and yes, treason, can the White House get away with?

Bush told Cheney to Discredit Dimplomat Critical of Iraq Policy
Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian UK

"The Journal said Mr Bush made the admission in a July 24 2004 interview in the Oval Office with the special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation into the outing of the CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Ms Plame is married to Mr Wilson, who says her cover was broken in retaliation after he accused the administration of knowingly using false information on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme.

"According to the National Journal, Mr Bush told prosecutors he directed Mr Cheney to disclose classified information both to defend his administration and to discredit Mr Wilson."

Farewell, Fig Leaf
by E
leanor Clift

"According to testimony by Libby—Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff—Bush gave the go-ahead through the vice president for the otherwise secretive and always dutiful Libby to leak the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to New York Times reporter Judith Miller. The leak set in motion the chain of events that led to the unmasking of Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife, as an undercover CIA officer who had been working for an energy-related front company while investigating nuclear proliferation. It is a serious crime to reveal the identity of a covert operative, and Bush called for a criminal investigation to 'get to the bottom' of the scandal. It turns out he may be the bottom."

The Leaker-in-Chief
by William Pitts Rivers

"So there it is. We have Bush authorizing the disclosure of classified information, and we have that disclosure taking place for no other reason than to discredit an administration critic. Bush is often fond of defending his wildly inappropriate and often illegal activities by claiming that he has every right to do whatever he wants because America is 'at war.'

"Never mind that no war has actually been declared. If we take his premise that we are in fact at war, than the disclosure of classified information for political gain must be defined simply and directly.

"It is treason."

President Bush's Comments on Leaks
by the Associated Press

"There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch. There's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of." _ Sept. 30, 2003.

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