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Friday, September 01, 2006

This Is Interesting...

...on a couple of levels.

So, it wasn't Libby, Rove or Cheney.

But, unless Armitage had signed a security access request, agreeing to be bound by the law to the confidentiality of classified information, he didn't break the law.

If an ordinary citizen were to learn, by innocent means, some sort of classified information and then passed it along, that citizen is violating no laws.

Only those who have signed on to receive classified information are criminally liable for improper release of classified information. And, then, only for the particular part they signed on for.

The article had another comment of interest;

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials.

False charge?

Which one?
  1. The charge that Iraqi uranium-shopping was debunked?
  2. The charge that his report debunking it had been circulated?

If #1, then it seems that Iraq WAS trying to buy uranium in Niger - much to the chagrin of the nay-sayers.

If #2, then it would appear that the decision-makers never received his report debunking the Iraqi shopping, thus the administration did not have that piece of intelligence available to them when deciding what to do about Iraq. So, as best as Bush knew from intel available to him, Iraq WAS trying to buy Nigerian uranium, as he was not aware of any intel to the contrary.

Again, much to the chagrin of the nay-sayers.