September 29, 2003

Traitor in the White House.

Controversy deepens over inquiry into leak of CIA officer's identity
Aides to unscrupulous liar Snippy the Chimp promised yesterday to cooperate with a Justice Department inquiry into an administration leak that exposed the identity of a CIA operative, but Democrats said the administration cannot credibly investigate itself and called for an independent investigation.

White House officials said they would turn over phone logs if the Justice Department asks them to. But the aides said Bush has no plans to ask his staff members whether any of them played a role in revealing the name of an undercover officer who is married to former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV, one of the most visible critics of Bush's handling of intelligence about Iraq.
An administration official told The Washington Post on Saturday that two White House officials leaked the information to selected journalists to discredit Wilson.

The controversy erupted over the weekend, when administration officials reported that Tenet sent the Justice Department a letter raising questions about whether federal law was broken when the operative, Valerie Plame, was exposed. She was named in a column by Robert Novak that ran July 14 in The Post and other newspapers. - - from the Seattle Times.

Media review conduct after leak
A senior administration official said TWO top White House officials called AT LEAST SIX Washington journalists and revealed the identity and occupation of Joseph Wilson's wife. John Roberts, a CBS White House correspondent, said that to his knowledge, no administration official had contacted anyone at the network about Wilson.

If anyone had called him, Roberts said, "I'd immediately have to wonder what the ulterior motive was. We'd probably end up doing a story about somebody breaching national security by leaking the name of a CIA operative." - - WaPo.

Rice "knew nothing" about CIA agent leak
National Security Adviser plays dumb, lies about another breach of national security by the misadministration.

Bush aides say they'll cooperate with probe into intelligence leak
Intelligence sources said top officials at the agency were very concerned about the disclosure because it could allow foreign intelligence services to track down some of her former contacts and lead to the exposure of agents.

The disclosure could have broken more than one law. In addition to the federal law prohibiting the identification of a covert officer, officials with high-level national security clearance sign nondisclosure agreements, with penalties for revealing classified information.

Democrats charged that the administration cannot credibly investigate itself and called for an independent probe. - - WaPo.

WH investigated over leak about ex-envoy who criticized Iraq arms claim
Some Democrats in the US Congress also have said it appeared to be an attempt to punish Wilson for his remarks, and that the action was in keeping with a White House said to be ruthless with anyone who dares to cross it.

"Retribution is their method," Senator Jay Rockefeller, the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, said in July.

"They go after the people they don't like. Wilson's a good example of it," said Rockefeller, who called the tactic "vile." - - link.

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