Rotten from the top: Until today, the MSM storyline for the CIA Leak investigation has been that the President and Vice President were out of the loop in the whispering campaign to smear Joe Wilson by outing his wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame.
According to Think Progress, the storyline may be about to change:
Near the end of a round table discussion on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb:Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this [sic] told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.
This would explain why Bush spent more than an hour answering questions from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. It would also fundamentally change the dynamics of the scandal. President Bush could no longer claim he was merely a bystander who wants to “get to the bottom of it.” As Stephanopoulos notes, if Bush played a direct role it could make this scandal completely unmanageable.
It has been established that top White House officials first learned about Valerie Plame’s identity in July 2003 on Air Force One heading to Africa. Secretary of State Colin Powell and others were seen with a briefing document about Plame marked “Top Secret.”
If Bush officials worked in concert to relay this secret information to the media, it is a violation that is punishable – at the very least – by revocation of security clearances.
Begs the question: Can you serve as President if your security clearance has been revoked?
Crooks and Liars has the video.