Bush Aides Say They'll Cooperate With Probe Into Intelligence Leak
President Bush's aides promised yesterday to cooperate with a Justice Department inquiry into an administration leak that exposed the identity of a CIA operative, but Democrats charged that the administration cannot credibly investigate itself and called for an independent probe.
But the aides said Bush has no plans to ask his staff members whether they played a role in revealing the name of an undercover officer who is married to former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, one of the most visible critics of Bush's handling of intelligence about Iraq.
An administration official told The Washington Post on Saturday that two White House officials leaked the information to selected journalists to discredit Wilson. The leak could constitute a federal crime, and intelligence officials said it might have endangered confidential sources who had aided the operative throughout her career. CIA Director George J. Tenet has asked the Justice Department to investigate how the leak occurred.
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You can hear the fireplaces crackling and the shredders grinding at the White House tonight. Folks, this is not a lie about getting oral sex. This is a breach of national security by the Executive Branch. Now which deserves an independent investigation more?
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 7:54 PM