Posted by: drew | April 6, 2006

Libby said Bush cleared leak

Remember when Bush had a lot of harsh words to say about leaking classified information?

Well…

A former senior White House official testified that

President George W. Bush authorized the leaking of classified material on

Iraq, according to court papers made public on Thursday that immediately ignited a political storm.

The court papers cited Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President

Dick Cheney's former top aide, as testifying that Cheney had told him that Bush authorized him to disclose certain classified material to a reporter.

The disclosure revived a long-simmering political problem for Bush who is struggling with weak poll numbers, an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq and a rebellion in his own Republican Party over issues such as immigration.

Democrats, who hope to seize control of Congress from Republicans in November elections, demanded an explanation. Bush ignored a reporter's shouted question about the case.

The White House declined to discuss the disclosure. "Our policy is not to discuss ongoing legal proceedings and that policy is unchanged," said spokesman, Ken Lisaius.

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  1. […] Following up my post earlier in the week, Reuters reports that Libby is not saying that Bush and Cheney specifically ordered him to leak Valerie Plame’s identity. A court filing by Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s defense team argues that CIA officer Valerie Plame was not foremost on the minds of Bush administration officials as they sought to rebut charges by her husband, Joseph Wilson, that they manipulated intelligence to make a case for invading Iraq. […]


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