Thursday, July 21, 2005


From the Way-Back Machine: White House's view on leaks in a time of war

From WashPost, Bush Edict on Briefings Irks Hill:
October 10, 2001

Bush: "I want Congress to hear loud and clear, it is unacceptable behavior to leak classified information when we have troops at risk."

While a few senior aides are free to speak to media organizations if they alert the press office, others "should not talk to the press without authorization -- it's not their job," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. "In a time of war, people are more concerned about nobody making mistakes."

In the White House, there have been e-mails and meetings in recent days, invoking Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.'s name, warning staff members that they are not to speak to the press under any circumstance.

From ThinkProgress, A Simple Question:
So here’s a question: When Karl Rove leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, was he authorized to do so?

If no, then Karl Rove betrayed the trust of the White House.
If yes, and Rove’s actions were cleared through the press office, then the White House betrayed the trust of the American people and our nation’s security.

So, which one was it?

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