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Associated Press Continues To Lie About Leaks

The DNC lickspittles at the Associated Press just cannot stop lying about this non-story. And check out the objective photo they have published along with it:

President Bush delivers a statement on the economy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington Friday, April 7, 2006.

Leak-Hating President As Leaker-In-Chief?

Apr 8, 9:14 AM EDT


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush insists a president "better mean what he says." Those words could return to haunt him.

After long denouncing leaks of all kinds, Bush is confronted with a statement – unchallenged by his aides – that he authorized a leak of classified material to undermine an Iraq war critic.

The allegation in the CIA leak case threatens the credibility of a president already falling in the polls, and it gives Democrats fresh material to accuse him of hypocrisy.

"In politics, what gets bad gets worse," said GOP strategist Ed Rogers. "And we've been on a a bad roll for quite some time. We're in an environment now where every mistake is a metaphor."

Critics were quick to portray the Bush-leak report as a fresh sign of a failed Iraq policy, manipulated intelligence and a lack of presidential veracity. Honesty was once seen by Americans as one of Bush's strongest character traits, but polls show that perception has waned in Bush's second term.

Causing the furor is a court filing that revealed that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, told a federal grand jury that Bush authorized him to leak classified information on Iraq to reporters in mid-2003.

Libby is charged with lying and obstructing an investigation into whether the administration intentionally revealed the identity of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, to undermine her husband's public criticism of the Iraq war.

As president, Bush has wide latitude to declassify material. And there was nothing in the legal papers filed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to suggest Bush or Cheney did anything illegal, or had specifically authorized Libby to identify Plame.

Still, the report put Bush and Cheney at the center of the alleged administration effort to leak classified material to bolster its case for invading Iraq and to discredit war critics.

Bush often has denounced leaks and pledged to punish the leakers. He has expressed pride in a disciplined White House where leaks are infrequent.

"It was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in a time of war," he told a news conference last Dec. 19, speaking of the leaking of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program.

The latest flap comes as things seemed as if they could hardly get worse for the president and his Republican allies: Iraq, continued fallout over the botched Katrina response, the Dubai ports debacle, shortcomings in the new Medicare prescription drug program, the resignation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the collapse of a proposed immigration overhaul.

A new AP-Ipsos poll showed just 36 percent of the public approve of Bush's job performance, a low-water mark for his presidency.

Another AP-Ipsos poll showed that, while 53 percent of those surveyed said they considered Bush to be "honest" in October 2004, that number had dropped to just 44 percent last month.

The disclosure that Bush might be the White House leaker-in-chief isn't going to help matters.

"He's suffering enough now and this is certainly more fuel for the fire," said Wayne Fields, a specialist in presidential rhetoric at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fields said Bush has a record of "making blanket statements, sometimes self-righteous ones" that can later be turned against him when "replayed and quoted over and over."

Just Thursday, Bush emphasized the importance of straight talk. "When the president says something, he better mean what he says," he told a North Carolina audience. "In order to be effective, in order to maintain credibility, words have got to mean something. You just can't say things in the job I'm in and not mean what you say."

In September 2003, Bush said he was distressed by the CIA leak case. "If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action," he said.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said at the time: "If anyone in this administration was involved in it (the CIA leak), they would no longer be in this administration."

Democrats mocked those earlier statements in light of the new allegations.

"The president all the time was looking for himself," Sen. John Kerry, Bush's vanquished 2004 presidential challenger, said on the "Imus in the Morning" radio and television show.

Republican consultant Rich Galen said the controversy was "just another in a list of issues that have come up, emotional issues, that the White House has had a hard time getting in front of."

The White House scrambled to assert the president's right to selectively declassify information, with McClellan insisting there's a difference between leaks that can compromise national security and a president's decision to declassify information "when it is in the public interest."

Democrats who fail to recognize that distinction are "engaging in crass politics," he suggested.

To which House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responded, "The president owes the American people the truth about his manipulation of sensitive intelligence for political purposes."

This is not reporting. This is agit-prop. The AP are knowingly misrepresenting the facts. The AP even trot out their manipulated, over-sampled polls to buttress their propaganda.

Anyone who has bothered to look into this story for more than five minutes knows that there was no leak, but a release of the National Intelligence Estimate, which is in fact what the Democrats (and their puppets in our one party media) had been demanding.

The Associated Press is simply are an organ of the Democrat party. They should be regulated by the FEC.

Meanwhile, some facts from the RNC which will never see the light of day in our one party media:

Dems Falsely Attack The President For "Leaking" Information That Was Declassified Legally And Appropriately 3 years ago

FACT: The President And The Vice President Have The Authority To Declassify Information:

Vice President Cheney: "There is an executive order that specifies who has classification authority, and it, obviously, focuses first and foremost on the President, but also includes the Vice President." (Fox News' "Special Report," 2/15/06)

"Cheney Was Referring To Executive Order 13292, Issued By President Bush On March 25, 2003, Which Dealt With The Handling Of Classified Material. That Order Was Not An Entirely New Document But Was, Instead, An Amendment To An Earlier Executive Order, Number 12958, Issued By President Bill Clinton On April 17, 1995." (Byron York, Op-Ed, "The Little-Noticed Order That Gave Dick Cheney New Power," National Review, 2/16/06)

FACT: On July 18, 2003, The NIE Was Formally Declassified Asserting "Compelling Evidence" Saddam Hussein Was "Intent On Acquiring" WMDs:

On July 18, 2003, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux Reported: "The White House declassified a small portion of the National Intelligence Estimate, eight of the 90 pages. It is a report from the six intelligence agencies that was used to shape President Bush's State of the Union address. It was also used to bolster his case for the war and the claim that Iraq was trying to obtain uranium from Africa." (CNN's "Live From," 7/18/03)

"The White House … Released Newly Declassified Intelligence And Dispatched A Senior Administration Official To Explain How Erroneous Material Ended Up In The State Of The Union Address." (Joseph Curl, "White House Buttresses Iraq Claim," The Washington Times, 7/19/03)

"The Intelligence Declassified [July 18th, 2003] – Portions Of The October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate [NIE], A U.S. Intelligence Summary Based On The Work Of Six Agencies – Asserts 'Compelling Evidence' That Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein Was 'Intent On Acquiring' Nuclear-Weapons Material." (Joseph Curl, "White House Buttresses Iraq Claim," The Washington Times, 7/19/03)

FACT: Valerie Plame's Name Does Not Even Appear In The Declassified NIE:

"Libby Testified That He Was Specifically Authorized To Disclose The Key Judgments Of The Classified Intelligence Document …" (Pete Yost, "Bush, Cheney Directed Libby's Leak Campaign On Iraq Critics, Court Papers Indicate," The Associated Press, 4/7/06)

A Complete Search Of The Declassified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Reveals No Mention Of Valerie Plame. ("Iraq's Weapons Of Mass Destruction Program," Director Of Central Intelligence, October 2002)

FACT: According To Media Reports, There Is No Indication The President Or Vice President Authorized Disclosing The Identity Of Valerie Plame:

The Associated Press: "There was no indication in the filing that either Bush or Cheney authorized Libby to disclose Valerie Plame's CIA identity." (Pete Yost, "Bush Authorized Leak Of Intelligence Data On Iraq, Says New Court Filing In CIA Leak Case," The Associated Press, 4/6/06)

Los Angeles Times: "The court filing makes no allegation that Bush … encouraged or authorized the disclosure of [Plame's] identity." (Richard B. Schmitt And Peter Wallsten, "The Washington Leaks," Los Angeles Times, 4/7/06)

The Washington Post: "Legal experts say that President Bush had the unquestionable authority to approve the disclosure of secret CIA information to reporters …" (Michael A. Fletcher, "Experts: Tactic Would Be Legal But Unusual," The Washington Post, 4/7/06)

Fox News' Carl Cameron: "[E]ven the prosecutor doesn't question the President's authority and power to declassify information …" (Fox News' "Special Report," 04/6/06)

FACT: In 2002 And 2003, Dems Repeatedly Called For Declassifying More Data About Iraq:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): "[I] don't think that he presented enough evidence [on Iraq] for us to assess the threat in the manner that he does." (National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," 1/29/03)

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA): "This government is able to declassify documents quickly when necessary. … That's the process that should be followed now." (NPR "All Things Considered," 5/2/03)

"[S]everal Senators Press[ed] The CIA To Declassify More Data About Iraq." (Frank Davies, "Democrats Urge Focus On Terror Instead Of Iraq," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/5/02)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): "It's troubling to have classified information that contradicts statements made by the administration … There's more they should share with the public." (Frank Davies, "Democrats Urge Focus On Terror Instead Of Iraq," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/5/02)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): "There were some very difficult moments in [a hearing], relative to the CIA giving us timely information." (Frank Davies, "Democrats Urge Focus On Terror Instead Of Iraq," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/5/02)

Now Dems Criticize President Bush For Answering Their Calls And Falsely Claim President Bush "Leaked" Classified Information:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): "I am troubled by news reports that President Bush may have authorized Mr. Libby to disclose intelligence information to support the Administration's case for war in Iraq." (Rep. Pelosi, "Intelligence Must Never Be Classified or Declassified For Political Purposes" Press Release, 4/6/06)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): "[T]hey were disclosing secret classified information from the national intelligence estimate to the press in hopes of bolstering the President's popularity. It is a grave disappointment." (Sen. Dick Durbin, Congressional Record, p. S3186, 4/6/06)

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA): "I am absolutely stunned at the news. Our President turns out to be leaker in chief." (NBC's "Nightly News," 4/6/06)

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): "[T]he fact is that the bottom line remains that if the President of the United States is authorizing for political purposes the release of classified information, you have a very serious issue." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 4/6/06)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): "In light of today's shocking revelation, President Bush must fully disclose his participation in the selective leaking of classified information. The American people must know the truth." (Sen. Harry Reid, "Reid: President Bush Must Disclose His Role In The Leak Of Classified Information," Press Release, 4/6/06)

DNC Chair Howard Dean: "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." (Pete Yost, "Bush Authorized Leak Of Intelligence Data On Iraq, Says New Court Filing In CIA Leak Case," The Associated Press, 4/6/06)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "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." (Pete Yost, "Bush Authorized Leak Of Intelligence Data On Iraq, Says New Court Filing In CIA Leak Case," The Associated Press, 4/6/06)

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