Sunday, July 17, 2005

The noose tightens

It seems the more we dig into this cover-blowing issue, the more the noose tightens around his pudgy little neck. On Meet the Press:
"RUSSERT: When one is given classified clearance, they are asked to sign an oath, and they are given a briefing book with form. Standard Form 312, it's called.

And if you read this briefing book, it says this:

'Before...confirming the accuracy of what appears in the public source, the signer of [the] SF 312 must confirm through an authorized official that the information has, in fact, been declassified. If it has not...confirmation of its accuracy is also an unauthorized disclosure.'

So by confirming a story from Robert Novak or sharing information with Matt Cooper, no matter where it came from, if, in fact, it was classified information, without seeking to determine whether it was declassified, it is an unauthorized disclosure."
Not only was confirming that Plame was CIA a violation but mentioning anything about how the CIA selected Wilson was a violation. It doesn't matter if the info came from a reporter. If Rove did not explicitly know that these things had been declassified, he done a baaaaad thing.

1 comment:

S.W. Anderson said...

No one gets to be deputy White House chief of staff without knowing very well you don't casually ID CIA people to the media. If the CIA person in question is one whose status isn't known to you precisely, you know enough to err on the side of caution and not divulge anything. Maybe the person is a receptionist or a night custodian, maybe they're a spook or coordinator for a group of agents.

You finger somebody in the CIA without knowing just what you're doing, it's like dropping a big stone off a highway overpass with vehicles speeding through underneath. Maybe your rock will bounce off the top of a UPS truck or land in the back of a dump truck. Maybe it'll go through a small car's windshiled and kill the driver.

Unless you're a complete imbecile or a homicidal maniac, you realize you don't know what's going to happen if you drop that rock, so you just don't do it. It's not a hard concept.