Skip to comments.Leak? What Leak?
Posted on 07/13/2005 8:21:43 PM PDT by kcvl
Leak? What Leak?
Submitted by editor on July 13, 2005 - 12:12pm.
By Howard Kurtz Source: Washington Post
From the moment the Karl Rove story exploded over the weekend, I've been intensely curious as to what tack the conservatives would take.
This is a big political embarrassment, no question about it, and while Scott McClellan could try the old can't-comment-during-the-investigation (though he had earlier denied any Rove involvement during the same investigation), what would the denizens of the right do?
I tuned into O'Reilly and Hannity on Monday night, but there was no mention, none, of the Rove/Plame affair. Imagine if an e-mail had surfaced showing that a top aide to Clinton--say, Sid Blumenthal--had told a reporter about a covert CIA agent. Would those Fox shows have given the controversy a bit of air time? (Last night, O'Reilly said "some in the media are foaming" over the story but did call on Rove to "clear the air," then hosted Newt Gingrich, who attacked Joe Wilson. Hannity said Rove "wasn't on a witchhunt" because Matt Cooper called him , and guest G. Gordon Liddy ripped Cooper and said Valerie Plame wasn't really undercover. At least the show had a liberal guest, Bill Press, who got overheated in accusing Rove of "treason" and saying he "should be marched off to prison." No trial, Bill?)
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Just a tad slanted, ya think?
I think the CIA agent outed HERSELF.
How 'bout them apples?
Imagine what would have happened if some high level Clinton administration official was caught stuffing secret documents into their pants......wait.....that happened and all we heard was.....crickets.
Actually a top Clinton aide, Sandy Berger, did commit a felony recently and whatever became of that???
And WE'RE supposed to be embarrassed? My new definition of a liberal is someone who is too dumb to know when they should be mortified.
You need to keep current dude, the yellow cake story WAS true....You didn't hear, it's months old....
And also imagine, if you will, if a former Time and NY Times editor wrote a book about Hillary Clinton that was number two on the Times best-seller list, yet could not get any air or ink for his effort. Just imagine (cue John Lennon.)
Imagine if President Bush was accused of raping a woman and ONE reporter asked ONE question about it and then dropped it and the others IGNORED IT completely?!
Wasn't she an ANALYST ,,not an agent ???
The Clinton administration - The gift that keeps on giving...
I know Kurtz aint complaining bout people ignoring a story...its like Paris Hilton calling you loose
The Brits stand by the Yellow Cake Story.
Senate Intelligence Committee Report...
found in its recent report on pre-war Iraq intelligence that Plame "offered up" her husband's name as a potential fact-finder in the trip to Niger. Indeed, as columnist Robert Novak -- who was the first journalist to write a story detailing Plame and her job -- reports, the Senate Intelligence Committee report states that Plame wrote a memo to her superiors in the CIA stating that "my husband has good relations with both the [Nigerian] PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." Additionally, there was a State Department meeting in 2002 that, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee, was "apparently convened by [Wilson's] wife who had the idea to dispatch [him] to use his contacts to sort out the Iraq-Niger uranium issue."
Moreover, the Senate Intelligence Committee's found that Wilson's findings "did not refute the possibility that Iraq had approached Niger to purchase uranium." Writing separately from the full committee report, committee chairman Senator Pat Roberts wrote that:
"Time and again, Joe Wilson told anyone who would listen that the President had lied to the American people, that the Vice President had lied, and that he had 'debunked' the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa . . . [N]ot only did he NOT 'debunk' the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason to believe that it may be true." (Emphasis mine.)
Chairman Roberts' claims are supported by the release of the Butler Report in Great Britain. The Butler Report paid special attention to the 16 words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union, because while the White House eventually backed away from the 16 word claim and said that it should not have found its way in the speech, the British refused to back away from their finding that Saddam Hussein sought quantities of uranium from Africa. As the summary of the Butler Report reveals, the British were right to stick to their guns:
"We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the government's dossier, and by extension the prime minister in the House of Commons, were well founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush's state of the union address of 2003 that 'the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa' was well founded." (Emphasis mine.)
Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) said, on Imus, that Wilson was a patriot in the past and is a patriot now. Imus didn't disagree.
In my mind Wilson is scum.
YEP, what is this guy talking about?
the key accusations made by Joe Wilson and his backers have almost completely fallen apart. Maybe the next time we decide to send someone on an important overseas fact-finding mission, we will be fortunate enough to get a fact-finder more honest and competent than Wilson appears to have been. That way, our intelligence-gathering will be better, national security principals will be able to make more informed decisions, and we will be spared the kind of lies and misinformation that Joe Wilson has spent so much time peddling, and the nation has spent so much valuable time investigating.
Actually, Joey was WRONG about the "bogus Niger yellow cake tale." The Brits and the 911 Commission still insist there is credibility to the "tale." Ya gotta get with the program Howie if you want to stay credible in YOUR profession. It is your boy Joey that is doing all the lying. And please don't presume that Plame was a covert undercover spook just because you read it in your newspapers. From what I've read, she was pushing papers at CIA HQ. One question that Joey needs to be asked is where his wife was working when this so-called "leak" occurred and where was she working 5 years prior to that. But that question will never be asked. Not by the Commie 'RATS anyway.
Kurtz doesn't appear to be paying attention, does he?
At the same time, he's missing what should be the biggest story in this entire Rove/Plame flap: Media Hysteria.
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