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Old 04-11-2006, 10:37 AM  
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Bush admits leak role

Bush dismisses Iran attack reports but admits leak role


By Mark Coultan Herald Correspondent in New York
April 12, 2006

President George Bush has dismissed as "wild speculation" suggestions that the US has plans to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities with a military strike.

He also confirmed that he had authorized the release of previously classified intelligence used to justify his decision to go to war with Iraq.

Writing in The New Yorker, the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says that the US has drawn up plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities including an option of using tactical bunker-busting nuclear weapons to destroy underground installations.

Speaking to a group of international relations students at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, Mr Bush sought to quell the outrage the article provoked. He said that some people interpreted his doctrine of pre-emption, which he referred to as the "doctrine of prevention", as meaning the use of force.

"It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this case, it means diplomacy," he said. "And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation."

Earlier Mr Bush's spokesman, Scott McClellan, refused to confirm or deny the nuclear weapons report, saying: "Those seeking to draw broad conclusions based on normal military contingency planning are misinformed or not knowledgeable about the Administration's thinking."

Mr Bush also gave new emphasis to denying Iran the technology to produce highly enriched uranium, saying that while he supported a Russian plan to provide enriched uranium to Iran, he did not support any proposal that included a research component.

"We do not want the Iranians to have a nuclear weapon, the capacity to make a nuclear weapon, or the knowledge as to how to make a nuclear weapon," he said.

He also rejected holding bilateral negotiations with Iran, saying multilateral negotiations were more effective. "It's amazing that when we're in a bilateral position somehow the world ends up turning the tables on us."

Mr Bush also linked himself directly to the imbroglio over the naming of a CIA officer by confirming his role in attempting to silence criticism of the war in Iraq.

The media has pummelled Mr Bush as the "leaker in chief" - replaying his statement that if there was someone leaking intelligence in his administration he wanted to know who it was - since court documents last week linked him to such a leak to justify his decision to go to war.

Lewis Libby , the former chief of staff to the Vice-President, Dick Cheney - indicted in an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA agent - told a grand jury last week that he had been authorised by Mr Cheney, acting on the authority Mr Bush, to leak information on the intelligence used to go to war. He briefed a New York Times reporter about sections of the National Intelligence Estimate report.

Attempting to make a distinction between leaking and declassifying intelligence, Mr Bush said that after no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, there were "questions in people's minds about the basis on which I made statements so I decided to declassify the [National Intelligence Estimate].

White House officials later emphasised that Mr Bush did not know that the intelligence was to be leaked to the media.

http://smh.com.au/news/world/bush-di...521339278.html
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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Well there you have it. Now we know that this particular "leak" isn't controversial. Time to move on to the next Bush "scandal."
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:23 AM   #3
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Once declassified, it's not illegal....according to those I've heard discussing it in the news.

Next, please?
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
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Spin it all you want Patteeu...

there will not be an impeachment...there never was going to be.

However, this is just more bad press leading up to the 06 midterms.

Do you still believe you are going to hold the House????
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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Do you still believe you are going to hold the House????
I'm concerned, but still optimistic.
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:34 AM   #6
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Spin it all you want Patteeu...

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However, this is just more bad press leading up to the 06 midterms.

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It's only bad press to the extent that the anti-Bush forces are able to spin it. The unspun version of this story is that Bush has the authority to disclose this information and he did it. Many of his critics have been complaining for a long time now that he didn't release enough classified information about Iraq and now when it turns out that he did declassify something, they complain about that. That's hypocrisy.
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:36 AM   #7
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Once declassified, it's not illegal....according to those I've heard discussing it in the news.

Next, please?
so you think what he did is ok?
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:40 AM   #8
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Well there you have it. Now we know that this particular "leak" isn't controversial. Time to move on to the next Bush "scandal."
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What will it be? More torture? Bombing of Iran, even though right now that's just "wild speculation"? Perhaps manipulation and propaganda with taxpayer $ in the 06' midterms? Maybe he'll just eat the head off of a live human baby?

Nah, I'm sure it'll just be more of the same. Complete and utter deference to open, democratic process.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:08 PM   #9
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so you think what he did is ok?
No.

The question, though, the real question at this point is.....was it illegal?
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:10 PM   #10
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Spin it all you want Patteeu...

there will not be an impeachment...there never was going to be.

However, this is just more bad press leading up to the 06 midterms.

Do you still believe you are going to hold the House????
I'd agree it's bad press. But the Republicans have two things to console themselves:

1. Americans have a short memory.
2. Many don't see it as nearly as big a deal as some of us; a good number see it as more, business as usual--from both sides.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:14 PM   #11
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so you think what he did is ok?
You didn't ask me, but of course it is. What's wrong with it? Leaving aside issues of whether or not the underlying intelligence was flawed, were you complaining when Colin Powell went to the UN to present previously classified information to the Security Council? What about when Congress was provided with previously classified informaition in the form of the unclassified version of the NIE?
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No.

The question, though, the real question at this point is.....was it illegal?
What was wrong with it? If there is something wrong with it, you should be criticizing him for it, not defending him on a technicality.

Stop trying to ride the fence. Pick a side.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:36 PM   #13
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Nah, I'm sure it'll just be more of the same. Complete and utter deference to open, democratic process.
Day one, I hate Bush because he isn't open and honest with the American people.

Day two, I hate Bush because he declassified vital and relevant information to rebut disinformation that was being disseminated.

banyon's certified definition of 'open and democratic:' Bush on Oprah crying and apologizing for being the b!tch banyon always knew he was, and and end to defending his policies.
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Oh wow! A political circus! Look at the ethics contortionists, Mommy! They're my favorite!
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:52 PM   #15
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Anyone care to explain why Bush didn't come out and admit this in the first place if this is such a trivial, non-matter? Why hide it for so long, wasting American tax dollars in the process?

Hilarious.
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