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December 21, 2005

Plame Platoon AWOL on Outrage Over Fresh National Security Leaks

The dead horse will be beaten until someone notices:

Most of these [fresh leaks about black prison sites, CIA secret airwings, and eavesdropping] are highly classified programs whose revelation could provide real aid to our enemies β€” far more aid than revealing the name of a CIA officer who worked more or less openly at Langley, Va. We don't know what damage the latest leaks may have done, but we do know that past leaks about U.S. successes in tracking cellphones led Al Qaeda leaders to shun those devices.

So I eagerly await the righteous indignation from the Plame Platoon about the spilling of secrets in wartime and its impassioned calls for an independent counsel to prosecute the leakers. And wait … And wait …

I suspect it'll be a long wait because the rule of thumb seems to be that although it's treasonous for pro-Bush partisans to spill secrets that might embarrass an administration critic, it's a public service for anti-Bush partisans to spill secrets that might embarrass the administration. The determination of which secrets are OK to reveal is, of course, to be made not by officials charged with protecting our nation but by journalists charged with selling newspapers.

Related: Not worth getting all bothered about when Clinton conducts warrantless searches, it seems.


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