Originally Posted by GermanStar
Who was that who said something to the effect 'if the president leaks it, it is no longer classified'? Combine that with the content of your first paragraph, and the Bush administration may have orchestrated this entire episode from the very first faucet drip. From what I've heard, that doesn't seem out of step with NYT's comments regarding this story.
<pipe-dream>The downside for the Repos is this: are people capable of independent reasoning and drawing unbiased conclusions? Those who are will see this for the slimy propaganda that it is, and hopefully raise their expectations of the next administration. </pipe-dream>.
As a matter of logic and law, the president can authorize the release of any information. Thus, by definition, it is not of the same species as a bureaucrat who leaks to some agency or other. Do you believe that me saying that constitutes a defsne of the president? I don't think so, it as a statement of fact. Facts are important, else we run around believing whatever whimsical bit of fluff floats before our eyes. A question you might have asked, but seems to elude you is whether I approve of the administration slyly releasing information filtered to suit its political interest. I do not.
Funny, nobody has asked that. Instead they spend an inordinate amount of time disputing the facts. Was Plame covert or not? If so, was it legal? If not was it legal? All of those questions is precisely why there is a prosecutor and a grand jury. Those facts will come out and then we will all know.
But regardless of the facts, I think the government should always be accountable for information it originates. Hiding the source is not good government.
Hope that helps differentiate my perception of good government from my perception of what the facts are.
These opinions are not incongruous or in conflict with my statements concerning the NY Times story.