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July 20, 2005
Media Fickle On Anonymous Sources

My new Daily Standard column has now been posted. I explore the Rove-Plame debate in the light of anonymous sources and the Deep Throat celebrations of just a few weeks back:

SO IN SUM: In July 2003, a rogue CIA operative, hired by his analyst wife at the agency, was leaking false information about war intelligence to national newspapers. When that didn't raise enough eyebrows, he went public, misrepresenting his findings and the nature of his selection for the assignment. Having a CIA operative suddenly take political potshots at the administration called into question whether the White House had lied about intelligence or the ambassador was telling the entire truth himself. Cooper went to his best sources to find the answer to the question, and he got the right answer.

Sounds just like Watergate, except in this case, the White House told the truth while low-level elements at the CIA appear to have twisted intelligence reports into lies to undermine the government--a clear abuse of their power and position. An anonymous source had once again proven its value . . . right?

Not exactly.

For those who have paid attention to the thorough debunking of Joe Wilson, I think this provides a fresh look at the hypocritical nature of the media's treatment of Karl Rove. Hope you enjoy.

UPDATE: Right Wing Nuthouse has more on yellowcake, Saddam, and the Plame leak.

UPDATE II: The Blogometer links back to the article -- and if you don't have the Blogometer as a daily must-check, you should. Meanwhile, the Anchoress worries about the kids.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 20, 2005 6:35 AM

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