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  •  Waxman: (4.00)
    "They were willing to jeapordize our whole national security [to discredit Wilson and legitimize war]. Partisan politics should stop when you've got a war going on."

    Question (Rep. Inslee [D-WA]): WH has refused to do even the simplest things...that compounds the situation...sends a message to the world that apparently this is no big deal, not worthy of the president's time.  What procedures used by the intelligence community with the outing of an operatives?

    Answer (Lang): If on a lower level, there would be an investigation, disciplinary action, and a criminal referral.

    [Islee question about international impact of both leak and WH refusal to investigate]

    Answer (Lang):..."big bang that echoes around the world..this kind of disclosure at the center of government compromises the system, as well as the sources of intelligence...the fact that it [covert agent outing] comes at this kind of level [WH] makes it much worse."

    I've made it very clear, he was not involved, that there's no truth to the suggestion that he was.-McClellan, 2003

    by GN1927 on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 09:11:29 AM PDT

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