Bush Did Absolutely Nothing Wrong, Get Over It

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Everyone who says Bush did anything wrong over this supposed "leak" simply do not understand what actually happened.

Bush told Cheney to tell Libby to release portions of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's WMD to Juidth Miller on July 8, 2003. The same information was released to the rest of the press corps on July 18, 2003.

This information was declassified by Bush. No one at the time, or since -- until now -- expressed any belief that this information should not have been declassified, because it was "highly sensitive." This was not a "leak" in the sense of releasing information that should not be released; it was it was only a "leak" in the sense of telling one reporter before you tell everyone else.

There's nothing to see here. Really. Bush is not being hypocritical at all; for that to be the case, he'd have had to at some point said that it was wrong to declassify information, or to disclose declassified information, or to disclose declassified information to a single journalist first, instead of to all journalists at once. He never said any of those things are wrong, and that's all that's happened here.

I can't believe this is still a story, and worse, that pundits on both sides actually think this makes Bush look bad in any way. We already knew this information was declassified in July 2003! We've known that for almost three years! The only new revelation here is that Bush said Libby could tell Miller 10 days before the White House told everyone else, and that's nothing new.

Jeez. Seriously people, get over it. slashdot.org

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