Monday, August 09, 2004

Gaslight watch: Condi, Condi, Condi.  

Inerrant Boy's chief enabler speaks up:

[RICE]``We did not, of course, publicly disclose his name,'' Rice said on Sunday, adding that it had been given ``on background.''
(via letting-nonsense-pass-without-remarkTimes)

Isn't that "of course" rather fine? I think it is.

Condi: I don't know how long you've been in official Washington, but even a six-year-old knows that giving a briefing "on background" means that the briefer's name is not disclosed. If the briefer, as this briefer did, reveals the name of a priceless intelligence asset on background, the press is perfectly free to print the name, by the rules of the game. In fact, they're quite likely to do so—given that it probably never occurred to them that this administration is as feckless, boneheaded, and incompetent as it truly is.

Nice to see the press all over Bush blowing a priceless intelligence asset, just like the were all over Berger for mishandling xeroxes of documents he had the clearance to read and may even have written. Oh, wait...

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