Friday, April 07, 2006

It's Only A Matter of Time

So "Scooter" Libby says that President Bush authorized the release of classified information to reporters.

How much do you want to bet that next week, Libby retracts that statement and instead insists that, "Raymond Shaw George W. Bush is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Bonus questions: Who in the Libby family will Karl Rove have threatened to have hurt in order to clinch the retraction? What will he have threatened to have done?

The really big question, though, is this: If it wasn't a leak because the president authorized it, and it wasn't classified because the president has the authority to declassify any intelligence information he sees fit, then why have we spent close to three years hunting down "the leaker"?

I suppose it's because this is really a separate incident from the divulgence of Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent that started the whole investigation. They are connected, though, and the current of classified information being passed from the White House to select reporters (and one has to wonder what pillow talk Jeff Gannon was privy to, and whose head was on the other pillow) means that the president is going to have a more difficult time distancing himself from the Plame affair. Indeed, the question may now be: What did the president know and when did he know it?

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