Well the Plame case has taken a very interesting turn:
A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded “National Intelligence Estimate” on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.
The court papers from the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, do not suggest that Mr. Bush violated any law or rule. However, the new disclosure could be awkward for the president because it places him, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to a meeting where prosecutors contend the identity of a CIA employee, Valerie Plame, was provided to a reporter.
Mr. Fitzgerald’s inquiry initially focused on the alleged leak, which occurred after a former ambassador who is Ms. Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times questioning the accuracy of statements Mr. Bush made about Iraq’s nuclear procurement efforts in Africa.
While Bush can classify or declassify information at will, this does put him in an awkward spot. If it comes out that all along he has been advocating this investigation knowing that it was for nothing then Congress could and should take action against him. This investigation has cost the tax payers lots of money and this makes it look more like it was just a political stunt.
Murray Waas also has a big look at this.
More from around the web:
Andrew Sullivan says “Bush is Nailed“
See the original court documents at The Smoking Gun