Leaky

LEAKY….Several other people have already mentioned this in passing today ? some more directly than others ? but it’s something that’s worth saying plainly: what is the Bush administration’s policy about leaking/releasing classified information? They seem to have no problem with routinely leaking or releasing selected portions of classified data if it helps them or hurts their opponents. Just off the top of my head, here’s what they’ve done recently:

I’m sure I’ve missed some examples, so feel free to fill them in in comments.

Now, I know that Washington is a leaky town and that people who play there are playing in the big leagues. But it still seems as though the Bush White House plays this game a little more aggressively than most, releasing or leaking all manner of classified information if it’s helpful to their cause but holding it back for “national security reasons” if it isn’t. Does this remind you of anyone?

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