Monday, April 24, 2006
The Politics Of Leaking
In the round of Sunday political talk shows, the left has shown, with surprising candor, its hypocrisy on the subject of the leaking (authorized or not) of classified information.
The Junior Senator from Massachusetts, John F. "Lurch" Kerry came, unsurprisingly, down on both sides of the issue:
A CIA agent has an obligation to uphold the law, and clearly leaking is against the law. And nobody should leak. If you're leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you . . . put on that person.In the same breath which uttered "I'm glad she told the truth," he also stated that Mary McCarthy would have to face the consequences for breaking the law. Video from Ian.
The left side of the MSM lives on leaks. It is the bread and butter of their industry. Without leaks, they can do little more than read press releases as their journalistic skills for acquiring information not already public has greatly declined. The Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration leaked like a porous sieve. It was a great time for the MSM. Enter the W Administration whose clamp on leaks has strangled the MSM access and all you hear is howls about secrecy and the public's right to know.
The Lurch Leftists will and have attempted to compare Mary McCarthy's action to the authorized disclosure of classified information (technically known as declassification) by W in his attempts to refute Joe Wilson's fantasies regarding Niger.
Here's the main difference. McCarthy was an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Her job was to maintain secret the classified activities and information of the United States Government. At her pay grade, she did not have the authorization or permission to disclose classified information to the Washington Post. That, dear reader, is the definition of a leak.
W, however, as the Chief Executive (commonly known as The President) has the authority to declassify what ever he sees fit to declassify. He can then disclose it to whomever he sees fit whether it be the Wall Street Journal or a less respected MSM outlet such as the New York Times.
Jackass Caucus members like Jane Harman (D-Ca) want to have it both ways:
...while leaks are wrong, I think it is totally wrong for our president in secret to selectively declassify certain information and empower people in his White House to leak it to favored reporters so that they can discredit political enemies.Jane, by definition you can't leak declassified information. The only way to combat lies is with the truth. W made that call, it was his to make - not yours. Better luck next time.
McCarthy has, if reports can be considered accurate, violated several tenets of Federal Law in regards to unauthorized disclosure of classified information. She allowed her personal political leanings to interfere with the performance of her sword duties as a US Intelligence Officer. For this she has been fired, and I hope she's lucky enough to spend a good long time contemplating her actions whilst wearing an orange jumpsuit in a 6x9 federally furnished condominium.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: Captain Ed cites Moran's Nut House on the possibility the Black Site Prison story may have been part of a sting operation designed to out the leak source personified in Mary McCarthy.
In the Cloak and Dagger world of Barium Meals and the Art of Walking Back the Cat, if this story angle is true, it would be the ultimate roundhouse kick to an overzealous media willing to believe the worst allegations in order to bring down a president in time of war. Evidently the standards of Pulitzer journalism have sunk to a new low.