Thursday, October 27, 2005

CIA Leak Rant

I'm not sure what bothers me more at this point.

On the one hand, Karl Rove or Lewis Libby or some partisan hack yet to be determined flagrantly leaked sensitive information to a conservative columnist in order to discredit an attack on the White House and score a couple short term political points. Well, that plan certainly backfired. I'm outraged that this sort of thing was used as a tactic. I understand that Valerie Plame wasn't a NOC or some Bond-like operative, but to reveal the identity of CIA operative in order to reveal a potential bias in one critic's analysis is ridiculous.

But, on the other hand, who the hell does Judith Miller think she is? This, perhaps, is the least principled stance on principles that I have ever seen. Miller sat in a federal prison for months for refusing to reveal a source of information pertaining to the leak investigation. Make no mistake about it. This woman was no Woodward, nor Bernstein. Judith Miller refused to reveal the source of her information for reasons of self-aggrandizement. Woodward and Bernstein protected us from a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels. Miller welcomed it. Miller's refusal to come forward, up until now, impeded the process of ascertaining the source of the leak - which itself was the problem. In the case of the Watergate scandal, the leak helped reveal the problem. By retarding the federal investigation, Judith Miller slowed the march of justice under the guise of "journalistic privilege." I'm sure. Even if this were the case, the interests of national security and rooting out criminal leadership is at stake. But, stay principled Judith. Tell me all about it in your book deal. Which, again, I'm sure you'll say had nothing to do with your headline making refusal.


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