Saturday, April 08, 2006

NY Times: We’re morons and we think our readers are too
In Court Filings, Cheney Aide Says Bush Approved Leak

WASHINGTON, April 6 — President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003 to permit Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., to leak key portions of a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony.

The testimony, cited in a court filing by the government late Wednesday, provides the first indication that Mr. Bush, who has long assailed leaks of classified information as a national security threat, played a direct role in the disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq at a moment that the White House was trying to defend itself against charges that it had inflated the case against Saddam Hussein...
Just one problem with this reporting: The President of the United States of America has the authority to summarily declassify any classified information. Once information is declassified, it is legal and proper for the government to provide the now public information to the press, on or off the record.

Let me make this as clear as possible for the gotcha simpletons at the New York Times; an authorized disclosure of information is not a leak. A leak is that unbroken flow of spittle emanating from the corner of your reporters’ mouths.

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