Bush Authorized The CIA Leak?

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Emptywheel makes the case that Scotty McClellan admitted as much this morning on the Today Show:

During the interview, Scottie revealed the two things that really pissed him off with the Bush Administration. First, being set up to lie by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. And second, learning that Bush had--himself--authorized the selective leaking of the NIE. [...]

Thus far ... we only had Dick Cheney's word that he had actually asked Bush to declassify this information. We didn't have Bush's confirmation that he had actually declassified the information. In fact, we've had Dick Cheney's claims that he--Dick--had insta-declassified via his super secret pixie dust declassification powers.

But now we've got George Bush, confirming that he, the President of the United States, authorized the leaks of "this information."

Now, though Scottie refers, obliquely, to "this information," he explicitly refers only to the NIE. But as I've described over and over again, it's not just the NIE Bush authorized Dick to order Libby to leak. ...(more)

Do give the rest of it a read. You can watch the entire interview here on the MSNBC website.

Hopefully Keith Olbermann will follow up on this as McClellan is due to appear on tonight's Countdown.


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