Skip to comments.CIA's Tenet was 'furious' over leak, Schumer says
Posted on 07/23/2005 8:53:56 AM PDT by YaYa123
WASHINGTON - Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., revealed Friday that two years ago he discussed the blown cover of CIA operative Valerie Plame with then CIA director George Tenet and that Tenet "was furious." Tenet promptly called the Justice Department to demand an investigation into who in the Bush administration leaked Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak, Schumer said at a hearing held by House and Senate Democrats.
Novak revealed Plame's identity in July 2003 in a column in which he said she played a key role in having her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, sent to Niger to investigate reports that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had tried to buy materials for a nuclear weapon there.
The Democratic panel heard from five former CIA operatives who said the disclosure of Plame's classified identity was a breach of the law that forbids government officials from revealing the identity of an undercover intelligence officer and a violation of trust that has harmed America's intelligence-gathering capabilities.
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Although I couldn't tell it from this article, I think House & Senate Democrats convened a "gotcha Rove" joint hearing yesterday. A hearing without clout, since Democrats are in the minority and can't convene official hearings. But it did create more anti-Rove buzz, which was the intent. "Buzz", but nothing new, since the former CIA members who "testified" aren't new or surprising, familiar cable news analyst talking heads, sympathetic to the Wilson party line
I want to know how badly Schumer misquoted Tenet. Of course Tenet would have been angry about a leak, especially one that had to originate from within the CIA, but Schumer's obvious intent is to imply "Bush administration officials" can only mean Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.
The sticky point in this case is that Judith Miller is protecting someone, and if the media had any sense of duty to its own profession, they would be falling over themselves to get that information out of her.
I am sick and tired of the underhandedness and the political sniping of the Democrats. What's the next dirty tactic they will pull with the help of their Democrat friends in the media?
Was he furious when the CIA stupidly revealed her identity to the Cubans? Who lost their jobs over that bumble fu**
This is the Dems new "Citizens Group".
Well there goes any sense of real credibility.
Yes, there was a "Democratic hearing" yesterday, as the Philly Inquirer described it. Their story centered on how the CIA people who testified say this "leak" now makes it more difficult to recruit informants.
Yeah, it's more difficult to find leakers in our government, hopefully.
Would it be off the mark to suspect Tenet of leaking the info? I wonder if he did & that's why he left. Also, why President Bush changed the tone of his "if anyone in my administration leaked the info" pronouncement...the person was already gone.
I don't think Rove would have been so stupid as to leak a name & the Dems know that would be the case. They just hate him.
Didn't Novak later say that his source was in the CIA?
Tenet's tenure at the CIA was marked by displays of "Diversity Quilts" and celebration of "Gay Days" but not with protecting the American people. I wish he'd spent more time going after the people that leaked those airplanes into the Pentagon & WTC.
I don't believe a word that comes out of the spit Schumer's leftie mouth, but for Tenet to be furious about anything is a joke. It was under his tenure that the US lost its way in the war on islamic terrorists and got involved in a useless exercise in terror in the balkans in order to cover his escapades.
I still cannot fathom as to why he was rewarded by the Bush administration.
Getting rid of some of the incompetent deadwood, such as the Democrats' new-found friends the former CIA agents, will greatly improve the CIA's performance.
The supposed anger of Tenet is interesting; that is, if true. If untrue, the only interesting thing would be why Schumer would invent or embellish such a story.
However, this article goes on to say how the ex-CIA political hacks raved on about the supposed crime that has been committed. Uhhhhh, the news media itself has filed a legal brief in this case in which they argue vociferously that NO CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED BY ANYONE, THEREFORE, REPORTERS CANNOT BE PUNISHED FOR WITHHOLDING THE NAMES OF THEIR SOURCES.
Now that is EVER SO MUCH MORE interesting than Chuckles (the clown) Schumer's story that Tenet was angry over the leak...
You mean the bumbling head of the CIA who was appointed by Bill Clinton and oversaw the dismantling of the CIA's ability to deliver clear concise and accurate information? The same guy who then was allowed to keep his job by the President whom he failed?
Is that same George Tenent? Should he not have been a little more irritated with the people responsible for the disintegration of the CIA's network of sources in the mid east?
Don't forget, Mandy Grunwald is Hillary's media advisor AND BEST FRIEND. Grunwald is married to Mr. Cooper.
"Some of the CIA employees even went as far as to say that their leaks were protected by the first amendment"
And I'll bet a few of those employees are the ones now whining for the Democrats' "committee".
One of the "committees" former CIA analysts who testified, was "former CIA agent Larry Johnson." He's been out from the beginning of this, even back in 2003 and 2004, all over NBC and MSNBC, attacking the Bush administration for leaking Plame's name. He's been a wild-eyed attack dog from the beginning. Today...get this...he's the one giving the Democrat's radio response to the President's weekly radio address.
I just heard a snippet of what Johnson said, on CNN Headline news. He names Rove and Libby as the culprits, and demands they be fired. He attacks the President for not doing so.
If we ever wanted proof the democrats have made the decision to "get Rove and Libby", it's this radio response today. No mention of Judge Roberts at all.
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