Thursday, July 21, 2005

Barb Jones

Washington Post

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified, according to current and former government officials.

Plame -- who is referred to by her married name, Valerie Wilson, in the memo -- is mentioned in the second paragraph of the three-page document, which was written on June 10, 2003, by an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), according to a source who described the memo to The Washington Post.

The paragraph identifying her as the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was clearly marked to show that it contained classified material at the "secret" level, two sources said. The CIA classifies as "secret" the names of officers whose identities are covert, according to former senior agency officials.

Anyone reading that paragraph should have been aware that it contained secret inf
ormation, though that designation was not specifically attached to Plame's name and did not describe her status as covert, the sources said. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a federal official to knowingly disclose the identity of a covert CIA official if the person knows the government is trying to keep it secret.

More at the link. Now of course, Mr. Bush has moved the goalposts: first it would be leakers who would be fired; then only convicts:

"The president has set high standards, the highest of standards, for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct."

Scott McClellan
Press Briefing
September 29, 2003


"I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts. And if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration."

George W. Bush
Remarks to Reporters
July 18, 2005

Whatever you say buddy. Whatever. You. Say.

This comes on top of the fact that Karl seems to have lied to the FBI about his discussions with Cooper about Plame, which leaves the Gary Larson character open to obstruction of justice charges.
We have a fine piece by, of all papers, the Wall Street Journal Has Bush finally gotten bad for business?

Ray has more at Philly Bits. Thanks for sending that my way bro!

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If Rove goes down, I will be as happy as The Bags' bass player John Hardy is in this picture.


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