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Monday, September 29, 2003

A scandal's finally a-brewing!
The "Justice" Department has said that it will begin investigating whether top White House officials revealed the name of a CIA agent to the press. There are all sorts of angles to this story: Atrios and Josh Marshall are on top of most of them.

In case you think that outing a CIA agent maybe isn't as big a crime as, say, starting a war based on lies, I'd have to agree with you. But there's at least one person out there who thinks it's the worst form of treason:

We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors. -- George H. W. Bush, April 16, 1999.

Well, it appears that at least one top official in the White House did exactly that. I think you'd better have a talk with your son, George.