BY THERSITES Updated April 11, 2006
Lots of good thinkers are chewing on the revelation today that -- at least according to what Dick Cheney told Scooter Libby -- George Bush authorized the leak of classified intelligence info (the National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE) to journalists to bolster the Administration's case for war with Iraq (beforehand) and to justify it when all stated reasons for war proved false (afterward). Here's a links resource to some of the best analysis:
My post on the political ramifications of the disclosure. UPDATE, 4/7: additonal analysis on whether Bush or Cheney may have obstructed justice here.
Moment of Triumph (especially note the questions of whether the President REALLY authorized the leak, or whether that's just Cheney's cover-up; whether the President's authorization of the leak constituted "declassification" (I suspect it doesn't); and my comment on that thread)
FireDogLake (start with this post and work your way to the top -- there are several excellent posts unfolding the story)
Crooks & Liars (again, start here and work your way to the top).
Anonymous Liberal at Unclaimed Territory
Timeline of key events in Libby case
Cheney's misdirection in February; did he misdirect Fitzgerald, too?
Update April 10: The Executive Order governing declassification and leaking of secret intelligence, with initial analysis.
Update April 11: Joseph Cannon's nice overview of Plamegate/NIE/key docs.
Stay tuned for updates as this story develops.
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