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The Leak

In the past few weeks, it was pointed out that George Bush approved some CIA leaks. The White House is not denying this claim and, if anything, states that the leak was legal. Legal or not, I don't care. If it really was legal, then the White House shouldn't have lied to the American public when the leak issue came up a few years ago and instead should have stood up to the plate and said "yeah, we did it...and it's legal...sorry for any problems this may have caused." Instead, from 2004:

Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Posted: 1:46 AM EST (0646 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush said Tuesday he welcomes a Justice Department investigation into who revealed the classified identity of a CIA operative.

"If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is," Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. "If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of.

"I welcome the investigation. I am absolutely confident the Justice Department will do a good job.

"I want to know the truth," the president continued. "Leaks of classified information are bad things."

But hey, 2004 was an election year...not a good time to be forthcoming, even if it was 'legal'.

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