Monday, September 29, 2003
( 10:00 AM )
Creating New Jobs for Plumbers
The blogosphere is tightly following the unraveling of the Leak story that started this weekend. As of me writing this entry, so far the press has actually stuck to its guns in trying to investigate, at a press conference this morning, it was suggested it could be Rove that was the leak, but the press secratary emphatically denied it and said that Bush knows it wasn't Rove.
I suggest keeping up with Billmon:
Update 9/29 12:30 PM ET: Boy, I don't know how Josh Marshall gets the stuff so quickly, but he's already got exerpts from today's White House press briefing posted on his site. My favorite bit so far:
McCLELLAN: He wasn't involved. The President knows he wasn't involved.
QUESTION: How does he know that?
McCLELLAN: The President knows.
QUESTION: What, is he clairvoyant? How does he know?
Also the goods are coming fast and furiously over at Josh Marshall's TPM, Eschaton and Daily Kos.
I wonder if the CIA wanted an investigation all along, or if it just now started pushing for it after the DIA's report this weekend that the intelligence provided/used by the Administration regarding Iraq was all crap. My first inclination would be that the CIA has wanted the leak investigated since it came to light since it's a) caused them the loss of a valuable agent; b) compromised other assets and contacts they may have had through her; and c) was ILLEGAL (the last reason being the least problematic for them, I'm sure). But it's obvious that the press is now hounding this issue and though some attention was paid on Sunday to the bad intelligence issue, that's sort of getting swept under the rug right now.
Could this be the straw that broke the mainstream media's cowed back - what I mean is, will they finally start acting like journalists, investigate what's going on and do their jobs instead of being shills for an administration that is most precariously balanced upon its stack of brittle lies? Let's hope so.