From Crooks and Liars
on Bush and leaks circa October 2001:
A dispute over the Bush administration's control of information since the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes erupted into an angry exchange between the White House and Congress yesterday after President Bush moved to restrict intelligence shared with lawmakers. . . "To put out a public document telling the world he doesn't trust the Congress and we leak everything, I'm not sure that helps develop unanimity and comradeship," said Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who is on the Foreign Relations Committee. Said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.): "We have to have classified briefings if we're going to do our oversight role."
Bush, appearing in the Rose Garden with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, gave Congress a stern lecture. "I understand there may be some heartburn on Capitol Hill," he said. "But I suggest if they want to relieve that heartburn, that they take their positions very seriously and that they take any information they've been given by our government very seriously."
He continued: "I want Congress to hear loud and clear, it is unacceptable behavior to leak classified information when we have troops at risk."
Except if you're Bush Administration officials leaking classified information in a political dirty war to discredit your opponents.
Because 9/11 changed everything.
Update [2005-7-19 11:25:41 by Armando]: WSJ: STATE DEPT. MEMO STATED PLAME'S ID CONFIDENTIAL AND NOT TO BE REVEALED
Volvo Liberal provides this quote:
Memo Underscored Issue of Shielding Plame's Identity
By ANNE MARIE SQUEO and JOHN D. MCKINNON
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
July 19, 2005; Page A3
A classified State Department memo that may be pivotal to the CIA leak case made clear that information identifying an agent and her role in her husband's intelligence-gathering mission was sensitive and shouldn't be shared, according to a person familiar with the document.
No link but I trust Volvo Liberal.
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