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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:05 PM
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Bush says leaker is "senior administration official"
Did anyone else see this? In that article someone posted about Bush saying the leaker may never be found, he's quoted thusly:
"I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official," Bush said. "I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth."
Bush is admitting it's a senior administration official? That's a story in itself. If he knows it's a senior administration official, that means he sure as hell knows exactly who it is. And how many senior administration officials are there? For him to say the leaker may never be found but narrow the field down to a senior official is proof of a coverup.
What's everyone else's take on this?
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:08 PM
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1. I think you are absolutely correct
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 01:17 PM by roughsatori
It indicates that he knows precisely who was responsible. It is a shame that the "journalists" and TV info-tainment pundits won't pounce on what you point out.
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:10 PM
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2. Maybe somebody will
I'm sure Bush wasn't supposed to blab that, but he did.
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qwertyMike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:25 PM
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8. I forgot
how absolutely dumb Bush is.
I mean stoopid. Thick as a brick.
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:26 PM
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9. He is a doofus
There's no doubt about it.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:11 PM
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3. They're going to pin it on whoever talked to the WaPo...
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SlavesandBulldozers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:12 PM
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4. this is why
the Administration shits their pants when he goes to speak.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:17 PM
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5. Does anyone have a link for this?
I can't find it on the WH site.
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:22 PM
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7. Stephanie, here's the link to the yahoo news story
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:32 PM
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14. Thanks. Let the stonewalling begin:
A - Call it a "leak" over and over to spin away from the fact that it was treason.

B- Express doubt that the "leaker" will ever be found. And anyway, everybody does it.

C- Repeat your desire to find the "real" leaker over and over in clear contradiction to your obstructionist actions.
.
D- Showcase your poor grammar in an effort to distract the press from the subject at hand.

"This is a town where a lot of people leak, and I've constantly expressed my displeasure with leaks, particularly of classified information," Bush said. "I hope we can get this investigation done in a thorough way, as quickly as possible."

Bush told reporters at the end of a Cabinet meeting: "You tell me, how many sources have you had that's leaked information that you've exposed? Probably none."

"I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official," Bush said. "I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth."

Bush said: "I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is."
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Zero Gravitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:18 PM
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6. Unka Dick
Told him who it was, but he forgot already.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:28 PM
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10. I'm sorry, but...
... I think you keep missing the obvious: he really doesn't know! They've cut him out of the loop now---completely.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:30 PM
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12. and.....
if someone in the media jumps on his statement - his handlers will just say that he "mispoke"

he does that ALOT
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:32 PM
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13. All I know is, Bush confirmed it was a senior admin. official
whether that revelation was intentional or not. That's why they're covering it up and confirms that this goes all the way near (or to) the top.
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:28 PM
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11. As usual, the press will assume he misspoke, "correct" the transcript,
and move on.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:35 PM
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17. Well. he is pretty stupid, so that's a strong possibility, too.
But mostly he's just reciting what is public knowledge. Novak claimed it was a senior administration official, so Bush is just using that phrase rather than having to think for himself.

You guys overestimate him if you think he knows most of what he is saying, or that anyone tells him anything. His administration all know he's an idiot, too.
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lovedems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:32 PM
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15. From what I gather, it is a VERY short list of Sr. advisors
who would be privvy to Plame's CIA status. They don't have to look very far from the President and that is what is frustrating. They don't have to investigate the entire staff, just the FEW who would know that classified information. GRRR! I hate this administration!
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:37 PM
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18. Sometimes it's the lower level staffers who have the incriminating evidenc
Such as appointment & schedule books, telephone memo logs, etc.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:33 PM
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16. Bush said he's already cleared his top advisors.
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 01:36 PM by alfredo
As if he's the one running the investigation.
He said he asked them if they leaked the name and they said no.
Case closed.

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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:37 PM
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19. Freudian Slip: They're hunting for the official who talked to the WaPo...
It was in the WaPo article that the phrase "senior administration official" was used to describe the whistle blower. Again:

Oh, Rove wants to find the WH leaker alright
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ByeDick Donating Member (98 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:46 PM
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20. Nice Call, Diplomats...And Why Isn't He Crying POLITICS?

"Diplomats" is noticing an amazing pattern with this story. The White House keeps admitting there's a problem. This is so unusual.

But what it all comes down to, is that Cheney is the leak:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Next week will hopefully be Dick Leak Week (if California takes a rest).

Are you all making plans for possible Dick Leak Week celebrations.
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:52 PM
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21. Yeas, they're tactics keep changing
Though Bush still makes the beside-the-point argument that "everyone leaks" in Washington, they've ratcheted down the political rhetoric (or so it seems). As for Cheney, the WH hasn't publicly mentioned his name as they have with Rove, Libby and Abrams, so maybe he is the leaker.
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diplomats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:55 PM
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23. Just read your thread, ByeDick
You make some very interesting points!
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mark0rama Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:55 PM
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22. By all means, Chimpy, just add the leaker to the list...
...of things you can't find:

Osama bin Laden
Saddam Hussein
Anthrax terrorist
Weapons of mass destruction
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