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National security leaker

Nope, not Karl Rove. From NewsMax:

No wonder 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been silent as a churchmouse about Karl Rove while her Democratic colleagues call for his prosecution for leaking classified information about CIA employee Valerie Plame.

Turns out – in the only case in U.S. history of a person successfully prosecuted for leaking classified information to the press – Hillary’s husband pardoned the guilty party.

On January 20, 2001, President Clinton pardoned Samuel Loring Morison, a civilian analyst with the Office of Naval Intelligence. In 1984, Morison had been convicted of providing classified satellite photos of an under-construction Soviet nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Britain’s Jane’s Defence Weekly.

He received a two-year jail sentence.

In pardoning Morison, Clinton dismissed the advice of the CIA.

“We said we were obviously opposed – it was a vigorous ‘Hell, no,'” one senior intelligence official told the Washington Post at the time. “We think … giving pardons to people who are convicted of doing that sends the wrong signal to people who are currently entrusted with classified information.”

Morison is the only person ever successfully prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act, the law invoked by Democrats who want to nail Rove after it became clear that he didn’t violate the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

But it’s going to be difficult for Dems to feign national security outrage over Plame’s outing when the husband of their party’s presidential front-runner let an actual convicted leaker off the hook.

Last week, when Sen. John Kerry called for Mr. Rove to be fired, with Hillary standing by his side, she nodded silently. When reporters asked her what she thought of the alleged Rove outrage, she offered only, “I’m nodding.”

No doubt while remembering her husband’s pardon of Mr. Morison.

Maybe Bill Clinton should be “frog-marched” from the White House in handcuffs? And I’m not talking about some kinky game he plays with interns, either.

No, I’m not advocating arresting Bill Clinton. I’m just illustrating absurdity (the Rove non-issue) with the absurd.

July 27, 2005 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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