George W. Judas

What’s an intelligence leak or two, to slime a critic, if a war is at stake?

It turns out Scooter Libby got the green light from George W. Bush himself to attack ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson, using sensitive intelligence about Wilson’s wife, a CIA operative.

The Washington Post has a lengthy treatment of the latest twist in this scandal:

President Bush authorized White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to disclose highly sensitive intelligence information to the news media in an attempt to discredit a CIA adviser whose views undermined the rationale for the invasion of Iraq, according to a federal prosecutor’s account of Libby’s testimony to a grand jury.

The story does not fail to include Bush’s now notorious quote:

Three months before Fitzgerald [the prosecutor] began his probe in December 2003, Bush said at a news conference that "I’ve constantly expressed my displeasure with leaks, particularly leaks of classified information. . . . If there’s a leak out of the administration, I want to know who it is. And if a person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."

Yeah. Because, you know, that would be me.

The New York Times story adds more context:

The disclosure occurred at a moment when the White House was trying to defend itself against accusations that it had inflated the case against Saddam Hussein.

The president has the authority to declassify information, and Mr. Libby indicated in his testimony that he believed Mr. Bush’s instructions — which prosecutors said Mr. Libby regarded as "unique in his recollection" — gave him legal cover to talk with a reporter about the intelligence.

Courtesy of Political Animal, I found Fitzgerald’s filing on (where else?) Smoking Gun. Maybe Jesus told Bush, Libby, and Dick Cheney to do it, in order to "exceed" his other disciples? "You will be cursed by the other generations, and you will come to rule over them." Sounds about right.



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4 responses to “George W. Judas

  1. Yup, been following this saga since a Fil-Am, Susan Ralston, became part of the fray last year (Ralston works for Bush aide Karl Rove).

    It’s quite interesting how the events here unfold and are covered by mainstream media and the bloggers.

  2. jackryan68

    Is it in the realm of possibility for George W. Bush to be impeached for this deed, especially the attempt to coverup the trail that appears to end at the Oval Office itself?

  3. To be fair, here’s a rendition of the other side of this story, which “leak” had been known sometime back:

    From Powerline dated April 7, 2006:

    In the summer of 2003, as noted above, the administration was besieged with leaks from liberals in the CIA and elsewhere, as well as op-eds by the likes of Joe Wilson, that misrepresented the state of the intelligence prior to the Iraq war. In order to deal with these false claims, the administration declassified the 2002 intelligence estimate. (It didn’t help; the estimate remains a closely guarded secret among most MSM types.) The “leak” that you’re reading about in headlines today was simply the permission given to Scooter Libby to describe the contents of the consensus intelligence estimate a few days before it was officially declassified [I think it would be more accurate to say, before it was made public]. So in the MSM, the liberals’ false leaks are noble, while the administration’s declassification of the report that shows them to be false, in response, is a scandal!

    Powerline wrote initially about it on February 9, 2006:

  4. Re impeachment, I take it that it is always a possibility but I’m not fully familiar with the matter, just get to read bits and pieces.

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