Monday, April 10, 2006

Is The Washington Post vying to become the ‘paper of record’?

In a previous post I pointed out the idiocy of the assertion by The New York Times that President Bush was ‘leaking’ when he declassified a document and made its contents public. To the mentally stable amongst us, that is known as an authorized release of information.

Now comes a Washington Post (WaPo) editorial saying essentially the same thing. In addition, WaPo points out that the President made the information public to counter a blatant lie by one Joseph C. Wilson, who had used The New York Times editorial page to trumpet his perfidy. The WaPo editorial also goes into a second Wilson lie (the Valerie Plame farce).

I heartily recommend the WaPo editorial, it lays out the facts accurately and succinctly.
A Good Leak
President Bush declassified some of the intelligence he used to decide on war in Iraq. Is that a scandal?

PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons. Presidents are authorized to declassify sensitive material, and the public benefits when they do…


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