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October 19, 2015

Idiots: Trey Gowdy, Trying to Establish That Hillary Clinton Committed a Security Breach in Relaying the Name of a Libyan CIA Asset in Email, Discloses the Name of that Same CIA Libyan Asset

The Democrats view government as their High Church, so it tends to draw in their best people.

Conservatives view government with suspicion, so it tends to draw their not-so-best people.

This is amazing, this is incredible, this is such a colossal own-goal as to raise suspicions that it's deliberate; but this is how our gang of incompetents functions.

So how are we to make the case that Hilary's unauthorized disclosure was a big deal when Trey Gowdy just made the same unauthorized disclosure.

Obviously, we can't. Hillary skates again.

Incredible. Incredible.

The excuse is that the State Department provided this email to Congress, and redacted the name in one line, and not the other. And then congressional staffers missed the second reference, and put it out to the public.

And it is true that the State Department has the first responsibility of protecting US secrets, and itself was guilty of a breach here.

But the problem is now Trey Gowdy can't exactly make the case that it's such a big deal to release the names of CIA assets, such that no responsible government official would do so. Because he just did the same thing.

I half-wonder if the State Department was playing a crooked game, gambling that Republican sloppiness and incompetence would cause them to miss the second, unredacted mention of the name, and thus discredit themselves and demolish this line of attack on Hillary Clinton.

If so, they gambled with house money, because betting on Republican incompetence isn't even gambling. It's just prudently investing.

Appalling. There just are no words.

House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy appears to have accidentally released the name of a CIA source in the midst of a back-and-forth with Democrats about how sensitive the information was and whether its presence in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account constituted a security breach.

Gowdys aides blamed the State Department for the disclosure, and the agency acknowl'dged Monday a "human error" led to a failure to delete a name from the email in question.

The email posted Sunday on the panels website included in one instance the name of "Mousa Kousa," an alternative spelling of Moussa Koussa, a former Libyan government spy chief and foreign minister. The name appeared to have been redacted in several other instances but was included in a subject line of a forwarded email.

The redacted email was released at Gowdys direction "so the American people could decide for themselves regarding concerns about sources and methods," the Benghazi Committee said in a statement. By Monday morning, the committee had replaced the document online with another version in which Koussa's name does not appear.

What can you do but laugh.

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