Monday, April 24, 2006

Double Standard

WaPo reported Key Democratic legislators yesterday joined Republicans in saying they do not condone the alleged leaking of classified information that led to last week's firing of a veteran CIA officer. But they questioned whether a double standard exists that lets the White House give reporters secretly declassified information for political purposes.

I am surprised that even a Democrat is that dumb, but let me explain it one more time.

  1. The Executive Branch has the power to classify and declassify information; an employee of the CIA does not.
  2. There is no such thing as "secretly declassified". If it is secret, it is classified, and if it is declassified, it is no longer secret.
  3. Once the information is declassified, it is ok to give it to reporters

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