I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who's right...
Well apparently he doesn't have the time to follow the news either. Via Think Progess, Joe Klein's appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, giving his take on George Bush's reaction to the newly released National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that completely undercut his case for war against Iran:
The Bush reaction to this — he didn’t try to block it. He didn’t try to postpone it. He didn’t spend weeks, he didn’t ask the intelligence community ‘give me a couple of weeks, let’s see if we can figure out some kind of negotiating initiative or some way to respond to this.’ He didn’t try to spin it to our advantage. This is an amazing moment of candor by the United States.
Amazing is right. Amazing that Klein believes Bush's laughable claim that it wasn't until last week that he learned of the NIE's contents, ignoring that Bush was contradicted on that by his own National Security Advisor. Amazing that Klein missed the "clarification" issued by the White House the next day. And it's amazing that Klein believes that there was no effort to block the report.
Actually, the only amazing thing here is that Joe Klein still has a job.