Thursday, April 06, 2006
Bush authorized leak?
Bush Authorized Leak to Times, Libby Told Grand Jury
New York Sun Web Exclusive
"A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.
The court papers from the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, do not suggest that Mr. Bush violated any law or rule. However, the new disclosure could be awkward for the president because it places him, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to a meeting where prosecutors contend the identity of a CIA employee, Valerie Plame, was provided to a reporter." Rest of the story here
Not advocating a rush to judgment without the facts, but...oh, hell. Why not? It would explain quite well why Bush never did seem to care much about finding out who among his own staff leaked Valerie Plame's name.
Reddhedd at Firedoglake.com has two stories on the matter. For more clarity, I'm headed there myself.