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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tales of Great Timing

Raw Story has plenty on the choice of Roberts. But they also have this nugget from the Wall Street Journal(!). It explains a few things-- why Bush went from 'Ill fire anyone who leaked' to 'I'll fire anyone convicted of a crime.' That's about as much wiggle-room as puppetmaster Rove is going to get. Also, shows just how useful the timing of his Supreme Court nomination was.

A classified State Department memo that may be pivotal to the CIA leak case made clear that information identifying an agent and her role in her husband's intelligence-gathering mission was sensitive and shouldn't be shared, according to a person familiar with the document, the (paid-restricted) Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday. Excerpts follow.

News that the memo was marked for its sensitivity emerged as President Bush yesterday appeared to backtrack from his 2004 pledge to fire any member of his staff involved in the leaking of the CIA agent's name. In a news conference yesterday that followed disclosures that his top strategist, Karl Rove, had discussed Ms. Wilson's CIA employment with two reporters, Mr. Bush adopted a different formulation, specifying criminality as the standard for firing.

The memo's details are significant because they will make it harder for officials who saw the document to claim that they didn't realize the identity of the CIA officer was a sensitive matter. Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, may also be looking at whether other crimes -- such as perjury, obstruction of justice or leaking classified information -- were committed.