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Mary McCarthy, who was fired by the CIA this week for leaking CIA secret information to reporter Dana Priest, is just one of a bunch of ardently Democratic folks at State and the CIA who have been using their positions to undermine the Administration.
A great Left-Wing Conspiracy?, asks Ace. McCarthy, Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke, Joe Wilson...
Powerline has been talking about that for a year, in a non-paranoid manner, but I doubt that they imagined that such efforts might reach the level of treason. But it looks like it has, and she has let us down grievously and probably criminally. I doubt she was caught in a "mole hunt," as some have speculated - but she was caught in a leak-hunt.
It matters not whether the CIA or NSA was sending terrorists to Uzbekistan for interrogation: the morality of that is a separate subject.
The subtext in the clause I highlighted suggests that these leak investigations could be a net negative inasmuch as they’re already beginning to “worsen” the White House / MSM relationship—one that the WaPo acknowledges was “already-tense.”
And that of course misses the point entirely, I think, and is doubtless borne of press arrogance (which is now practically institutionalized) and 30+ years of having ideological reign over shaping and controlling narratives: because the fact is, the White House knows relations with the media will never normalize, it knows that it has been treated with hostility by an increasingly activist ideological press, and it has decided that protecting America’s security is more important than trying to get on the good side of the fourth estate, which has been hell bent on scandal-mongering, with the hope that something will stick and sink the Bush administration, ever since the start of the Iraq campaign.
Further, Porter Goss said he was going to clean up the CIA, and he—like John Bolton—seems to take his job seriously. Which is why there was such resistance to both men, though the resistance against Goss happened once he was appointed CIA head and it became apparent he really meant to shake things up.
And if this story breaks like I’m starting to sense it will (for instance, McCarthy was Larry Johnson’s boss, and the connections between familiar players favored by the anti-war left are starting to pile up1), the press calculus could play out in such a way that they see tough coverage of this scandal—an ACTUAL SCANDAL this time, mind you
Lets hope it becomes a full-blown scandal; it should. But, I am not holding my breath. Fitzgerald is still following the Plame leak investigation although he acknowledges no crime was committed other than lying. Well lets see, did Mary lie on her lie detector test and fail? Yes. So where is ol' Fitz when we need him? Probably at a press conference.
You see, he knows that attacking the White House will make him a media hero. But what profit for Fitz in protecting national security? He could call a grand jury and leak reams of information critical of Mary. But would this make him a MSM here? Probably not. It would mean he was an honest prosecutor. Hell, its been a long time since we had one of those.