What has the President declassified...

The revelation that the president (called the Leaker-in-Chief by Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee) authorized certain portions of classified material to be leaked to the press "in an effort to defend the president's decision to go to war against Iraq" has actually gotten a fair amount of coverage in the press.

From the Salt Lake Tribune, a paper I choose for its redness:


Those court papers said a critical conversation with former New York Times reporter Judith Miller on July 8, 2003, occurred ''only after the Vice President advised defendant [Libby] that the President specifically had authorized defendant to disclose certain information in the NIE.''
This leads Christy Hardin Smith to ask: "What has the President declassified and why did he leak it?"
This is beyond selfish, beyond cheating — it is reckless and it is wrong. Getting even with a political enemy should never, ever come before protecting this nation as a whole — and worrying about your own political skin is a pathetic excuse from a weak man who puts himself above his country and above his duty to protect our nation’s most closely guarded secrets. Shame on you, Mr. President.
The president of the United States on September 30, 2003, according the official White House transcript:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch; there's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.
(FireDogLake)

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