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    Bush lied ‘for political gain’ shocker!


    by Sunny on 7th April, 2006 at 3:02 am    

    The funny thing about the Bush administration is when their people get caught, they start singing like canaries. Scooter Libby, a former aide to vice president Dick Cheney, is doing just that. He previously pointed out that his boss had “authorised” leaks to defend the war in Iraq. Now he’s fingering the big man himself. Ahem. No crass remarks please, we are a serious political blog. This is being reported today:

    From Reuters: A former top White House aide testified that President George W. Bush authorised leaking classified intelligence in 2003 in the face of criticism of his Iraq policy from a former ambassador, according to court papers made public on Thursday.
    ….
    The Washington Post: Legal experts say that President Bush had the unquestionable authority to approve the disclosure of secret CIA information to reporters, but they add that the leak was highly unusual and amounted to using sensitive intelligence data for political gain.
    ….
    Los Angeles Times: President Bush personally authorized leaking long-classified information to a reporter in the summer of 2003 to buttress administration claims, now discredited, that Saddam Hussein was attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction for Iraq

    Using intelligence for political gain for claims that turned out to be lies. Who would have thought eh? Now excuse me while I sit and figure this out because I feel like I’m having deja vu….



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    1. jamal — on 8th April, 2006 at 12:23 am  

      Ive thought this also. The sell each other out so quickly its unbelivable. What surprises me more is that since they are aware their coleagues are like this, why confide in them in the first place?

    2. squared — on 8th April, 2006 at 2:13 am  

      Now he’s fingering the big man himself.

      I’m trying VERY hard to abstain from a crass remark. WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOURSELF WIDE OPEN!?

      Ahem. ;)

    3. Sunny — on 8th April, 2006 at 1:54 pm  

      You and your dirty mind squared :|

    4. marc — on 11th April, 2006 at 12:32 pm  

      “Using intelligence for political gain for claims that turned out to be lies”.

      Joe Wilson has been proved to be the one who lied and the bi-partisan Congressional investigation found that his report actually backed up intelligence that Saddam sought uranium from Niger.

      Here is what the Washington Post, no friend of the adminstration, has to say.

      “The affair concerns, once again, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his absurdly over-examined visit to the African country of Niger in 2002. Each time the case surfaces, opponents of the war in Iraq use it to raise a different set of charges, so it’s worth recalling the previous iterations. Mr. Wilson originally claimed in a 2003 New York Times op-ed and in conversations with numerous reporters that he had debunked a report that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium from Niger and that Mr. Bush’s subsequent inclusion of that allegation in his State of the Union address showed that he had deliberately “twisted” intelligence “to exaggerate the Iraq threat.” The material that Mr. Bush ordered declassified established, as have several subsequent investigations, that Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth. In fact, his report supported the conclusion that Iraq had sought uranium.

      Mr. Wilson subsequently claimed that the White House set out to punish him for his supposed whistle-blowing by deliberately blowing the cover of his wife, Valerie Plame, who he said was an undercover CIA operative. This prompted the investigation by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald. After more than 2 1/2 years of investigation, Mr. Fitzgerald has reported no evidence to support Mr. Wilson’s charge. In last week’s court filings, he stated that Mr. Bush did not authorize the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity. Mr. Libby’s motive in allegedly disclosing her name to reporters, Mr. Fitzgerald said, was to disprove yet another false assertion, that Mr. Wilson had been dispatched to Niger by Mr. Cheney. In fact Mr. Wilson was recommended for the trip by his wife. Mr. Libby is charged with perjury, for having lied about his discussions with two reporters. Yet neither the columnist who published Ms. Plame’s name, Robert D. Novak, nor Mr. Novak’s two sources have been charged with any wrongdoing.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/08/AR2006040800895.html

      There’s lots more from Powerline here:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/08/AR2006040800895.html

      To recap: Joe Wilson lied, Bush declassified some intelligence to prove the adminsitration wasn’t lying, numerous investigations since back that up, no one repeat no one (except the left wing media), has accused Bush of leaking anything. He released declassified documents, which he has the authority to do to refute Wilson’s lies. Like it or not, those are the fats.

    5. marc — on 11th April, 2006 at 12:34 pm  

      Oops, sorry, the Powerline link is here:

      http://powerlineblog.com/archives/013716.php

    6. Sunny — on 11th April, 2006 at 1:24 pm  

      Mr. Wilson subsequently claimed that the White House set out to punish him for his supposed whistle-blowing by deliberately blowing the cover of his wife, Valerie Plame, who he said was an undercover CIA operative. This prompted the investigation by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald. After more than 2 1/2 years of investigation, Mr. Fitzgerald has reported no evidence to support Mr. Wilson’s charge.

      In that case, why was Scooter Libby hauled before the courts in that famous Fitzgerald address where he states that certain people tried to reveal Valerie Plame’s name?

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