Remember the media furor, the front-page news, and the Sunday talk show breast beatings over the leak about Valerie Plame’s “covert” employment at the CIA back in the summer of 2003? Remember the chattering classes’ calls for a special prosecutor? And remember a New York Times reporter held being held in contempt and in jail for several months for refusing to divulge sources connected to that story?
Remember the logic that the White House and, hence, the Justice Department could not possibly be counted on to investigate the leak since it obviously came from an executive branch source? And the breathless insistence that the administration was gunning for husband, Joe Wilson? Sure you do. There was even, ahem, a movie made.
So, isn’t it just a bit weird that there has been so little media interest or follow-up on the series of leaks from the Obama team that, arguably, do more serious damage to national security than the “outing” of Ms. Plame—a CIA officer who no longer was “operational”—ever did. No fuss about leaks clearly intended to bolster the White House’s political chances for the upcoming election? Where’s the outrage from CNN, Chris Matthews, the New York Times editorial board? Where’s the demand for a special prosecutor? How come New York Times reporter David Sanger—the recipient of key leaks—has not been hauled up before a grand jury, a la Judith Miller, his predecessor at the Times and the recipient of the contempt of court jail time?
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and current chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, claims that in her eleven years on the committee, she has “never seen it worse.” But you would never guess that given the silence coming from inside the Beltway.