Cheney’s Thugs Win the Prize for Leak Hypocrisy

I wasn’t much interested in Mitt Romney’s latest efforts to change the narrative from the evil things he profited off of at Bain Capital and the tax havens he stashed the money he got as a result. Not only don’t I think journalists will be all that interested in Mitt’s claim that Obama’s White House is a leaky sieve. But I’m not about to defend the Most Fucking Transparent™ White House in Fucking History against such accusations.

Until Cheney’s thugs start leading the attack.

Such as Eric Edelman, who says we need “change” because Obama’s Administration leaked details of the Osama bin Laden raid.

Eric Edelman is this guy:

Shortly after publication of the article in The New Republic, LIBBY spoke by telephone with his then Principal Deputy [Edelman] and discussed the article. That official asked LIBBY whether information about Wilson’s trip could be shared with the press to rebut the allegations that the Vice President had sent Wilson. LIBBY responded that there would be complications at the CIA in disclosing that information publicly, and that he could not discuss the matter on a non-secure telephone line

Four days after Edelman made the suggestion to leak information about Joe Wilson’s trip, Scooter Libby first revealed to Judy Miller that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA.

But Edelman is not the only one of Cheney’s thugs bewailing leakers: (h/t Laura Rozen, who follows BabyDick so I don’t have to)

Romney today at VFW on contemptible conduct of Obama White House leaking classified info for political gain. Must read.

Now, to be fair to dear BabyDick, unlike Edelman she has not been directly implicated in her father’s deliberate exposure of a US CIA officer working to stop nuclear proliferation. Unlike Edelman, she was not protected from legal jeopardy by Scooter Libby’s lies.

But she did co-author her father’s book, which was a whitewash of his treachery (even if it did reveal that Cheney had a second interview with Pat Fitzgerald, one treated as a grand jury appearance, just around the time Fitzgerald subpoenaed Judy Miller. BabyDick Cheney is complicit in the lies the Cheney thugs have used to hide what a contemptible leak for political gain the Plame leak was.

And now she thinks she should lecture others about far less treacherous leaks?

5 replies
  1. BSbafflesbrains says:

    Is pointing out hypocrisy even necessary. You will get carpal tunnel even if you just limit it to award winning examples.

  2. joanneleon says:

    That really is despicable. How can they even get those sentences out of their mouths? Do they all laugh about it over drinks later or are they just completely self unaware?

    I just wish that the Dems were not so deplorable themselves and hard to defend. Yes, it’s a matter of scale of the hypocrisy at times and a big scale, but still.

    I have been particularly, well, taken aback, I guess would be a mild way of putting it, at some of the speeches and statements made by the president in the aftermath of the Aurora mass shooting. It’s hard not to think of the drone attacks on first responders and funerals, the “collateral damage” and the “militants” or “enemy combatants”. It’s also hard to avoid thinking about the night raids, slaughters in villages and the killing for sport in Afghanistan, the “Collateral Murder” video from Iraq, the killing of American and Yemeni teenagers by drone missiles. Many of them are not even counted if they are young men, militant or not. Names that are never known. Some officials, like Brennan, tried to deny that any civilians were even killed.

    And what about the torture and treatment of detainees for which no one was held accountable except a few scapegoat low ranking military in only one location?

    And yet he can utter words like this for political gain, apparently without blinking an eyelash:

    “I also tried to assure them that although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade away. And in the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy.”

    “And I hope that over the next several days, next several weeks, and next several months, we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country, but also reflect on all the wonderful people who make this the greatest country on Earth.”

    “And the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice. And we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people.”

    “Now, even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.”

  3. guest says:

    Is babydick the same as babydyke Cheney, or is that her het-sister? I call the one named Mary “dickless” Cheney, especially for her contemptible record on gay rights. For some reason I can’t hate on Lizzy. Contemplating the Cheneys, my burning hatred for Dickmort (the t is silent) and Dickless just sucks all the oxygen out of the room so there is almost nothing left for that other one. Must be embarrassing trying to be a respectable christian lady in that family of poon chasing sex fiends.

  4. joberly says:

    @joanneleon: After reading this post, I browsed the Romney website to look at the his roster of foreign policy advisers. In addition to Eric Edelman, the list includes Robert Joseph. I believe he was another figure in the Plame case. If memory serves me, he was the guy who inserted the “16 words” in Pres. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, the words that later caused Joe Wilson to write “What I didn’t find in Africa.”

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