Thursday, April 20, 2006

So Which is It.

Chicago Sun Times: Robert Novak said Wednesday that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald knows who outed a CIA agent to the Chicago Sun-Times columnist but hasn't acted on the information because Novak's source committed no crime.

OK, that means one of two things, as i see it. Either leaking Valerie Plame's name wasn't illegal because she had no protected/covert/secret status to violate OR the person revealing her identity could do so legally.

Unless there is something the world is just blind to seeing, i say the first proposition is wrong. That second proposition leads us back to a week or 2 ago with the President declassifying materials for his own political purposes. I say the story will go like this: The Pres. or the VP leaked the info and thus 'de facto' declassified it thus, 'not breaking the law'. OR they 'declassified' it so that someone ELSE under them could leak this now 'declassified' info to use as ammo against Joe Wilson. the pattern seems pretty clear from what was revealed last week about the Pres/VP's activities. This is also the only thing that really jibes with what Bob Novak says (and he should know the details of how this went down).

You heard it here first.


The Hud said...

I hear all that but it still does't jibe. As per our discussion earlier, if the President really did intend to declassify the information when it was "leaked" then he lied when he stood in front of the cameras and said that the person who leaked the, presumably classified, information. Maybe this latter case in not illegal but I think you have to be a particularly rabid species of republican to not recognize that act as wrong.

Polly said...

your right, but this goes back to the Novak quote where he said Fitzgerald knows who did it, BUT that the person doing it didn't commit a CRIME.

I say that if either scenerio i listed above would be, if not illegal, quite possibly impeachable.

...aaaand regardless of that, it seems like it would be a devistating blow to him politically.