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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Washington Post Likes Some Leaks Not Others


Why am I not surprised the mole in the CIA was a Clintonista and appointee of Sandy Berger? It has been painfully obvious there was a leak from inside the CIA. The muted reaction from the press is disturbing in itself. An officer of an intelligence service cannot be loyal to anything outside of the nation's interest. This is a serious offense and indications are she's not the only one.

Eight years of the Clinton administration can't have been good for our intelligence efforts. The White House during that era was full of people who had no security clearance. The best that could be said about the Clinton attitude toward security would be it was caviler. Clinton turned everything he touched into a Clinton support organization. Just a look at what he did to the DNC demonstrates his thoroughness. One can hardly conduct effective foreign policy when the people charged with collecting intelligence cannot be trusted.

The leak was to a reporter at The Washington Post who won a Pulitzer for the resulting report. Needless to say they do not condemn the CIA officer's action. They lament the fact that disseminating classified information to the press is illegal.

Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. said on the newspaper's Web site, "We don't know the details of why (the CIA employee) was fired, so I can't comment on that. But as a general principle, obviously I am opposed to criminalizing the dissemination of government information to the press."

The effort has been widely seen among members of the media, and some legal experts, as the most extensive and overt campaign against leaks in a generation, and has worsened the already-tense relationship between mainstream news organizations and the White House
But what is National interests compared to a Pulitzer? They deplored the Plame leak as a national tragedy, but that leak was revealing information contrary to their political agenda.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., called on President Bush to hold accountable those in his administration who leaked information about the Iraq intelligence in the run-up to the war and outed undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. "Apparently, President Bush doesn't believe what's good for the CIA is good for the White House," Menendez said.
The liberals are quick to toss accusations around when one of their own is caught to try and deflect the issue. Such an approach calls into question whether or not the people who are always crying about justice have any sense of what it is.

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