Monday, April 24, 2006

And The Plot Thickens...

JPod, at The Corner (HT: Instapundit):

So Newsweek is reporting that Mary McCarthy denies being the leaker. This despite stories in the press saying that she failed a polygraph and admitted to it. McCarthy's not the the one who told Newsweek. Do you know who did? Her "close friend" Rand Beers. Who's Rand Beers? The National Security Council staffer who quit in 2003 and went to work as John Kerry's senior national security campaign adviser. You know who else is Rand Beers's old friend from the National Security Council staff? Joseph C. Wilson IV. Just saying.

I can't see this particular leak case getting any more murky than that. These kinds of connections are way too convenient to be a coincidence. McCarthy is hardly an any position to look anything other than guilty of leaking sensitive CIA material.

On a related note: it is interesting that Kerry's name came up. He seems to be all up in arms to defend Ms. McCarthy. But of course, his arguments are quite easily defeated, as Captain Ed displays:
While it is touching to see Kerry offer support for a campaign contributor, I suggest that he revisit the law on releasing classified information and just leave his remarks at that. McCarthy had plenty of other options for addressing her concerns, but she chose to expose secret data rather than do her job in protecting it. The White House has the authority to declassify and release information and did so to answer the questions of the media about the true pre-war intelligence estimate of Iraq. That's not hypocrisy; that is responsiveness, especially since Kerry and his fellow primary candidates had made such an issue of White House "secrecy" all during their campaigns.

We all wish Senator Kerry the best of luck in his primary campaign for the 2008 presidential election. His laughable attempts to eat his cake and have it too on almost every topic will provide some needed comic relief in the next contest.

Indeed.


UPDATE:

Allah Pundit has posted a comprehensive background and analysis of the CIA leak situation, including everything you ever wanted to know about Mary McCarthy. (Courtesy of Michelle Malkin's new project, Hot Air).