Monday, November 17, 2003

Leaking? Who’s Leaking? I’m Not Leaking…

Okay, the Bush White House is supposed to be the most tight-lipped, secretive, and closely-ordered administration in recent memory. Who met with Cheney about the energy policy? No telling. Who ratted out Valerie Plame, the CIA operative? Their lips are sealed. (I guess having a president who is a member of Skull and Bones, the Yale club that sounds like something out of a Steven King novel, has its advantages.) But have some info on Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden’s gang allegedly having contacts before 9/11? It shows up in The Weekly Standard and on Fox. Does it matter that a lot of the information is either old news or from dubious sources? Nah. Hell, we went to war on flimsier evidence than that.

I am sure that every White House has efficiently leaked news that was supposed to be secret unless it was to their benefit – that’s what the press corps is for. But this one has all the timing of the Rose Law Firm billing records magically appearing on the coffee table, and if the Republicans had any integrity – okay, long shot there – they would at least not trumpet it as “Case Closed.”

Update: Stradiotto points to an article in the WAPO that debunks the aforementioned memo.