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Fox Says Bush Gave Permission To Leak Classified Info But Not Valerie Plame's Name

Reported by Donna - April 6, 2006

While the story of President Bush being the source of the leak to Scooter Libby has been being covered intensely on CNN, Fox gave it a short story on Studio B today and already the apologist attitude started.

Wendall Goler, reporting from the White House said that while President Bush had disclosed parts of the 2003 intel document, he did not ok the outing of Valerie Plame. (Comment: Selective declassification or convenient lie?)

At a congressional hearing, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the president has the "inherent authority to decide who should have classified information." Fox then showed a brief video clip of a congressman who was questioning Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez, about what the president had disclosed. The congressman said that Gonzalez was saying the same thing that Richard Nixon said, that if the president did it, it was not illegal. (Comment: shades of Watergate)

Goler also reported that Scooter Libby said he didn't feel comfortable leaking the information just using the ok from Vice President Dick Cheney and that's why he went to President Bush and President Bush gave his ok.

Comment: Just wondering, if this was a Democratic President would this not be all over Fox? Is this not an important issue? Didn't President Bush say he didn't think that anyone on his staff would leak information but if he found out they did he would deal with it? Was this a lie? I mean, didn't the president know he was the leaker all along? Does this not speak to a huge credibility problem?

What was not shown on Fox was the opposition's statements. From AP: Bush's political foes jumped on the revelation about Libby's testimony.

"The fact that the president was willing to reveal classified information for political gain and put the interests of his political party ahead of America's security shows that he can no longer be trusted to keep America safe," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, "The more we hear, the more it is clear this goes way beyond Scooter Libby. At the very least, President Bush and Vice President Cheney should fully inform the American people of any role in allowing classified information to be leaked."

Libby's testimony indicates both the president and the vice president authorized leaks. Bush and Cheney both have long said they abhor that practice, so much so that the administration has put in motion criminal investigations to hunt down leakers.


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