July 18, 2005


Bush: Any Criminals in Leak to Be Fired (PETE YOST, 7/18/05, Associated Press)

President Bush said Monday that if anyone in his administration committed a crime in connection with the public leak of the identity of an undercover CIA operative, that person will "no longer work in my administration." [...]

Bush said in June 2004 that he would fire anyone in his administration shown to have leaked information that exposed the identity of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame. On Monday, however, he added the qualifier that it would have be shown that a crime was committed.

Asked at a June 10, 2004, news conference if he stood by his pledge to fire anyone found to have leaked Plame's name, Bush answered, "Yes. And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts."

Now they have to have committed a crime?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2005 2:45 PM

I'm getting tired of this foo-fah. Rove said he heard it from another reporter. He didn't have classified access to such info, and Plame was no longer covert by then anyway. The prosector has publicly said Rove is not a target of his investigation.

What more does the MSM want?

Posted by: Gideon at July 18, 2005 2:59 PM

Jeez louise, oj. You're on the internet 20 hours a day. You should be well aware of what's going on with this story. This "qualifier" has not been "added"--it was there from the beginning:

President Bush, on 9/30/2003: "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. If the person has violated the law, then the person will be taken care of."

The level of competency and consistency involved in the "reporting" of this story is a joke. You've got reporters hounding the White House claiming "facts" that their employer's legal representatives have debunked in court filings. Given that Judith Miller's bosses (and probably colleagues) must know her source, and given their reporting and editorializing, one has to conclude we're seeing a journalistic kamikaze mission.

Posted by: b at July 18, 2005 3:01 PM

b's right, OJ. This is a manufactured story. A quick perusal of the media's friend of the court brief shows that the media have been very selective in the facts they choose to report. I think b senses the media wish to administer their own coup d'grace in the wake of the Rathergate/Memogate/Toiletgate . . . they are totally discredited and I for one welcome this. The fact that they don't even know they're dead is priceless.

Posted by: No.1 at July 18, 2005 3:48 PM

To echo the others the reporting on this story has been appalling. Yesterday the headlines were all atwitter with Cooper saying on Meet The Press that Rove was his source. Then you read the blogs and the show transcript and he clearly said Rove was not his source. And b's right - Bush said right at the beginning a crime needed to be committed. Either the MSM doesn't realize how bad they look or are on a kamikazi mission

Posted by: aww at July 18, 2005 4:26 PM

Judith Miller is the mystery. After ten pages of Gooogle, all I got was her name, rank, and serial number and a long list of awards and publications. She's married to a paperback book publisher, Jason Epstein. That's it for a woman living in the middle of the biggest fish bowl on earth.

Why no stories on background about her. On Gooogle she universally seen as a heroine, fiercely protecting the first amendment. It would take a lot to convince me of that.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2005 6:10 PM

The liberal 3/4 of the MSM equates Iraq with Vietnam, Plamegate with Watergate, and Bush with Nixon. And they want their glory days back.

They have bet the farm on all this.

I'm not willing to second guess BushRove on the politics of the matter, and I have confidence in Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald's handling of the legal end. Fitzgerald is a working class kid with a Phi Beta Kappa key from Amherst (where he double-majored in math and economics) and a law degree from Harvard. He has been ferocious, even obsessive, in prosecuting WOT cases. Trust him.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 18, 2005 6:18 PM

erp -

Miller's reporting blew up one of Fitzgerald's WOT cases. He's not the type to forget.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 18, 2005 6:21 PM

ghostcat. Thanks, but who was in the right?

I got the usual personal attack in an email from a member of the law faculty at GW. A very nasty little number defending this quote in the ContraCostaTimes.

"I think Judith Miller is in much graver danger than she might be otherwise, because this prosecutor seems to want to pursue every avenue with a vengeance," said Mary Cheh, a professor of criminal law at George Washington University. "I'd be very worried."

She did elaborate a bit in her email. The full quote was "I'd be very worried if I were in her shoes."

Cheh declined to explain why she, as a law professor, seems to be saying that Miller should be very worried because the prosecutor is pursuing every avenue with a vengeance.

Obviously the Miller partisans think the prosecutor is out to get her. Now things are a bit clearer.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2005 7:36 PM

I have seen it mentioned that Fitzgerald may be after Miller do to her blowing up one of his earlier cases (as ghostcat notes).
Also to Ghostcat's point maybe Fitzgerald has found something that he thinks is a threat to the WOT (like leaky reporters/CIA agents) and is going all out on that front.

Posted by: AWW at July 18, 2005 7:39 PM

I'm with Gideon, tired of the whole blathering, insignificant nonsense.

Used to be, you could take a leisurely, and entertaining stroll through the benighted regions of the lefty blogosphere, enjoying the scenery and watching the natives rant-on about a thousand different conspiracies, theories, and crackpot ideas, each one more elaborate than the last.

Now, all of that entertaing DailyKos, Atrios, and DU programming has been crowded out by a nonstop fine-slicing of this inconsequential crap.

It's like kudzu.

For the love of Pete, let's end this, so the Kossacks can get back to something better, like telling us how there was no actual airplane involved in the Pentagon attack.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at July 18, 2005 7:41 PM

erp -

Miller alerted the Holy Land Foundation that Fitzgerald was closing in on their terrorist funding operation. Somebody from the prosecution end of the process had leaked to her, and she contacted the Foundation for their story. They promptly shredded a bunch of incriminating documents, and Fitzgerald's case collapsed. He reportedly considered her intervention to be unhelpful in the WOT.

My hopeful theory in the Plame case: Fitzgerald is about to unveil, for all but the blinded to see, the inner workings of Washington's anti-Iraq-War, Arabist clique. If he can crack Miller, he should be able to document the conspiracy among CIA and State Department bureaucrats, Democratic Congressional staff, and Democrat reporters (sorry for the redundancy) to undermine the President's foreign policy.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 18, 2005 10:19 PM

ghostcat. Aren't there laws about interfering with an ongoing investigation? This is what makes me crazy. People on the left just go about causing havoc and it's okay. This evening Brit Hume said that when Kerry outed a CIA agent during the Bolton heardings, it was inadvertent. So then. No harm, no foul. Next case?

An earlier poster said he's tired of this whole boring subject. I couldn't agree more, but we can't just let them run roughshod over us.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2005 11:01 PM

Reporters are the least accountable workers in the sausage factory.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 18, 2005 11:34 PM

Reporters are the workers in a sausage factory missing a few fingers. After this, Judith Miller will now be known as "Lefty".

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 19, 2005 1:41 AM