Thursday, July 06, 2006

What Bush said and when he said it

War Room - "President Bush told prosecutors in the CIA leak investigation that he instructed Vice President Dick Cheney 'to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit [Joseph] Wilson.'

To recap the back story, Wilson, a former ambassador, went to Niger on behalf of the CIA to investigate a pre-war claim about Iraq's nuclear weapons program. He didn't find anything to back up the nuclear claims, and he later became a vocal critic of the Bush Administration's rationale for war. The White House responded by leaking two things to the media: details from a classified assessment of Iraq's weapons programs and the identity of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, who secretly worked for the CIA.

Waas' latest scoop, if it is right, shows that at least some of the retribution was ordered from the top. One of Waas' sources says Bush told Cheney, 'Get it out,' or 'Let's get this out.' Libby later testified that Cheney gave him similar instructions about the classified pre-war intelligence on Iraq."

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