Surely This Is A Failure To Communicate
It is being reported that Scooter Libby is claiming
that he was authorized to release information about Valerie Plame to reporters by his superiors.
The only person in Scooter's chain of command with the authority to release classified information is the President, so I hope Scooter's got it in writing.
According to the Constitution, while the President is alive and well, the Vice President's sole function is to be the President of the Senate and vote in the case of a tie. The job is so discounted that, unlike the President, a Vice President can be indicted while in office.
I seem to remember the President specifically saying that the leak didn't originate from the White House, and surely he wouldn't have said that if he had authorized Libby to talk about Ms. Plame.
You know the possibility of a Vice President being indicted and a President conducting illegal domestic surveillance reminds me of something that happened earlier. I seem to remember there was long running unpopular war involved too. Don't tell me, I'll figure it out.