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John Kerry Glad McCarthy Leaked

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Once again, John Kerry shows the nation why he has no business being anywhere near the White House. Drudge is reporting that Kerry is glad McCarthy leaked classified information.

Former presidential candidate John Kerry has come to the defense of a fired CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information to the press.


"I'm glad she told the truth but she's going to obviously -- if she did it, if she did it, suffer the consequences of breaking the law,' Kerry explained to ABC THIS WEEK.

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ABC 'THIS WEEK' HOST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: On another -- on another front, excuse me, CIA official Mary McCarthy lost her job this week for disclosing classified information according to the CIA probably about a WASHINGTON POST story which reveal revealed the existence of secret prisons in Europe. A lot of different views. Senator Pat Roberts praised action but some former CIA officers described Mary McCarthy as a sacrificial lamb acting in the finest American tradition by revealing human rights violations. What's your view?

SEN. KERRY: Well, I read that. I don't know whether she did it or not so it's hard to have a view on it. Here's my fundamental view of this, that you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no one fired from the white house for revealing a CIA agent in order to support a lie. That underscores what's really wrong in Washington, DC Here.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That's one issue of hypocrisy but should a CIA officer be able to make decisions on his or her --

KERRY: ... Of course not. Of course, not. A CIA agent has the obligation to uphold the law and clearly leaking is against the law, and nobody should leak. I don't like leaking. But if you're leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you, you know, put on that person. Obviously they're not going to keep their job, but there are other larger issues here. You know, classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was eloquent and forceful in always talking about how we needed to, you know, end this endless declassification that takes place in this city, and it has become a tool to hide the truth from Americans.

STEPHANOPOULOS: These --

SEN. KERRY: So I'm glad she told the truth but she's going to obviously -- if she did it, if she did it, suffer the consequences of breaking the law.

So, Kerry is using the "it's Bush's fault!" meme.

And note how Kerry straddled both sides of this issue: he's glad she broke the law but says she will have to suffer the consequences for breaking the law. His pronouncement that he's glad McCarthy leaked classified information is particularly sleazy because McCarthy donated $2,000 to Kerry's 2004 campaign.

Update: The Political Pitbull has the video of Kerry making his remarks. His McCarthy leaking to tell truth vs. White House revealing Plame's identity to perpetuate a lie comment is so intellectually dishonest it's sickening.

Update II: Ed Morrissey offers his analysis of what he correctly calls Kerry's "tortured explanation" of McCarthy's leak:

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.

Update III: Mark Levin further explains why Kerry is unfit for command:

Not that the truth matters to propagandists, but Plame was not a "CIA agent" and a federal prosecutor has not charged anyone at the White House with leaking her name. Moreover, revealing her name would not have been a crime because, as is now clear, Plame was not undercover. But Kerry continues to repeat this lie because he and his ilk seek to divert attention from the very serious national-security breach committed by his contributor, Mary McCarthy.


Kerry also asserts that McCarthy was telling the truth when she leaked national-security information and that, somehow, she deserves some kind of special dispensation as a result. If we were grading his comprehension, he'd get a D. Do we know all she leaked? We know she revealed the existence of supposed CIA prisons in Europe. But we don't know if the information she provided Dana Priest was truthful or accurate. And we don't know what else she may have leaked in her many contacts with the media. And Kerry doesn't seem the least bit curious about it, either. Moreover, it most cases I would think it is far more damaging to our nation's security if high officials are leaking truthful information about our war activities.

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Comments (35)

Kerry's a little to much of... (Below threshold)
Keith:

Kerry's a little to much of a politician.
Doesn't want to step on anyones toes.
But he never seems to define himself.
Except as a flip flopper.
That said he's nowhere near as bad as the corrupt and
arrogant, lying administration we have in power now.
And it speaks volumes as to the me first mentality
of most polarized Americans in our society.
Punishment is to mild of a word that we should be putting next to the Cheney/Bush Regime.
They put Bin Laden in power, armed Saddam Hussein, and sell out our military because they didn't blindly go along with Sr. Defense Contractor Donald Rumsfeld...now that is a real serious issue.
These people aren't Americans they're corporate in breds! Must have been married to family members in their own neo Christian churches. Because their brain activity is nowhere near matched by the corporate clout they have from big oil funded by Saudi green backs. Thats right Saudi Arabia is the new Monetary standard by which the Corporate House of Bush now is funded.
So when we hem and haul about what Kerry might of meant or didn't mean, just remember we have much worse happening in Washington than John Kerry agreeing with an irrelevant CIA operative.

Keith,The Bush adm... (Below threshold)
Chris:

Keith,

The Bush administration "put Bin Laden in power, [and] armed Saddam Hussein"? I'm obviously missing the nuances of your argument because from where I sit, Bin Laden (who's been around long before Bush showed up on the scene) is holed up in a cave and Saddam is in jail.

Oh, and by the way, it's "inbred" (not "in bred"), and "hem and haw" (not "hem and haul"). The rest of your post is peppered with other grammatical guffaws and failures of reasoning. The point being: if you're going to criticize the "brain activity" of others, you might want to make sure yours is in tip-top shape first.

Kerry has repeatedly lied a... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Kerry has repeatedly lied about releasing his military records; I wonder what his reaction would be if someone "leaked" them. Never mind, I know the answer...the man has no shame.

Kim,On further inv... (Below threshold)
j.west:

Kim,

On further investigation, Mary and Michael McCarthy donated $2000 each to Kerry in the '04 cycle.

What is more interesting is the $5000 donation to the Ohio Democratic Party just after the election, when funds were being sought to challenge the Ohio results. There were only 138 donations of $5000 or over, with practically all being from extremely wealthy democrats.

This appears to be an act of desperation for a public servant, with little to no record of any previous contributions, to donate such a large sum in the hope of reversing the Ohio election results. For someone who works for a paycheck each week to give money in the same small club as Abigail Disney and Joanne Corzine, the results of the '04 election must have meant the difference between a cabinet post and jail.

What McCarthy leaked was th... (Below threshold)
mak44:

What McCarthy leaked was the truth about Bush war crimes.

And Kerry is 100% correct about the use of "classification." It is used by the Bush war criminals to keep the American public in the dark. And you pitiful little Pavlovian puppies are yelping to be brainwashed that this Bush regime is protecting the US by trampling the very human rights that it claims to represent.

Secret prison camps are not news to the enemy--they know what the criminal Bush is doing. It's just that you little puppies don't ewant to know the truth. Mccarthy's act is one of true civil disobedience.

Most of you Pavlovian Puppeies would have been Tories at the time of the American revolution because no one should dump tea in the Boston Harbor. And Paul Revere would have been your hated leaker for warning that the Brits are coming.

As always, the bell rings & you puppies yip on cue.

John Kerry along with Keith... (Below threshold)
Charles Bannerman:

John Kerry along with Keith and mak44 need to have windows in their stomaches so they can see when they have their heads up their asses. Such drivel and insipedness I have never seen come from anyone with an IQ over 5.
Chuck

Stephanopoulos is doing int... (Below threshold)
jc:

Stephanopoulos is doing interviews for ABC now? I remember when he was on in the mornings on PBS. Along with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, etc.

Hey Pavlovian Pussy Bannerm... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Hey Pavlovian Pussy Bannerman

So, seeing Truth is having one's head up one's ass?

If you counted your genitals, the toll would exceed YOUR IQ. Believing the crap propaganda that you do simply reflects that people like you have managed to reverse evolution.

Once again I ask; how many... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Once again I ask; how many of you devolved Pavlonians have volunteered for the real action in Iraq?? Maybe you all could enlist in a battalion led by Barb & Jenna Bush.

BTW-the Bush body count hit 2387 today. Before long, Bush will have murdered more Americans than UBL did on 9/11

As long as there are mak44'... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

As long as there are mak44's sprouting their commie bravo sierra, the Republicans will be running the country whether they deserve to or not.
If this really was a CIA sting operation to smoke out leakers then maybe the agency might be worth keeping. As for the Sunday talk shows, I no longer waste my time. It's almost always the same old meaningless and powerless Democrats and assorted leftist wannabees. In the 90's it made some sense to watch them nauseating as they are. But now it's just an exercise in masochism.

McCarthy and Priest need long prison sentences. That would be a cautionary tale to leakers, traitors and purveyors of enemy propaganda.

A prediction, the Libby case while either never get to trial or end in an acquittal. There never was a case to begin with. McCarthy will sing like a canary in exchange for plea deal. The Wilson's and many more are no doubt starting to feel a distinct tightening sensation around their necks.

Cubanboob-Hey it's... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Cubanboob-

Hey it's time to get over Elian Gonzales-for gawd's sake. Your rant above reflects that the pace of Devolution is snowballing amongst you grunting conservatives aka fascists.

Conservatives & Repubs are God's proof on Earth that He intended sfor ome couples to practice abortion. That's why He allowed Roe v Wade to happen.

Cubanboob must have slipped thru & is polluting the human gene pool.

Mak44 you are a living proo... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

Mak44 you are a living proof exemplified by that wise old adage " the only good communist is a dead communist". Your mother should atone for her sins and have an immediate retroactive abortion. And do it in an environmentally earth friendly fashion.

Listen to keith and the ... (Below threshold)
Rob in LA Ca.:

Listen to keith and the other two idiots who are posting here on a regular basis like it was their job. They are simply part of the perpetual fraud known as the democrat party. I know longer blindly vote for these traitors and would advise anyone who gave a flying frick about this country , the truth and their future to do as I did . Research and find the truth for yourself and when you do, give the democrats party the bird in front your family of anyone too ignorant and lazy to even seek the truth and rely on the lying liberal media. Keith , you and your friends are in the Minority , cause you incompetants don't have any credibility. Nobody believes the democrats including the democrats, it doesn't matter they vote democrat for the hell of it.

CubanboobYou, like... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Cubanboob

You, like the rest of the rat pack on this blog, are the new Bush Shutzstaffel. Your solutions: jailing & killing. What kind of an armband have you thugs adapted for your new Swastika?

I imagine you stand proudly, humming Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

Mak44 if only your rantings... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

Mak44 if only your rantings about the bushitlerfascist state were true! Such evil-joy it would give me to sit in my barcalounger cold beer in hand watching you be the lead act on Monday Night Executions hosted by none other than the great Keith Olberman while he awaits his turn!
Now run along and make yourself a good little commie, a dead one. And don't forget to do so in a Gaea friendly manner.

I really didn't believe it ... (Below threshold)
Charles Bannerman:

I really didn't believe it was possible but mak44 is living? proof that something can be born when the best part ran down the crack of his mothers ass.
mak44 you are about as low as anything on the evolutionay scale can get and still breath. TAKE A HIKE!
Chuck

Like their screaming about ... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Like their screaming about WMDs, which were not the reason--but rather the excuse for the Iraq war.

The White House and supporters of this administation will rant about how this leak let's our enemies know what we're doing--when their real fear is that it lets our citizens know what we are doing in their name.

Our enemies already know about the heinous acts America performs on them.
It's American citizens who are learning 'what this country stands for' from the leaks.

And the true Americans, tho... (Below threshold)
Lee:

And the true Americans, those who understand the principles on which our country is founded, are rising up and speaking against Bush and his tactics.

That's gotta hurt when you realize that your neighbors now understand you're an idiot, and all of your "patriotism" is merely a sign that you have been manipulated by powerful people who played you like a tin whistle for their own political gain.

Don't strain yourself trying to understand the difference.

To You robert certainly f... (Below threshold)
KAMIKAZI:

To You robert certainly foreigners seeing genetic misprints like Mak44 are evidence of heinous acts perpetrated on the whole human race, especially when they run for office like Kerry ,Mak are you sure your not a decendant of Ghengis Khan or Hitler because your driven by the same ignorance of the truth and violent thoughts.

These people have no shame.... (Below threshold)
DaveS:

These people have no shame. The Clintoids were the worst thing to happen to politics and this country in our entire history. Kerry continues the slide into the cesspool.

Are Barb and Jenn leading a... (Below threshold)
DaveS:

Are Barb and Jenn leading a brigade? If so where do I sign up? Let's go now!!!!

mak44, Yesterday I told you... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

mak44, Yesterday I told you to put your head back up where it belongs, meaning your ass. Now, keep it up. Keep ranting. I think you need to go to the media and demand to be heard. Get out in the streets, wherever you are, and spout your BS as loudly as you can. We need idiots like you to keep reminding everyone else just how blissfully ignorant you people really are.

The nation would be in bett... (Below threshold)

The nation would be in better hands if John Kerry were in the White House instead of George W. Bush.

The smoke screen put up by this Administration regarding the secret prisons in Eastern Europe beg the question. Are those prisons part of American policy? Are they illegal? Are they violations of the Geneva Convention? Are War Crimes involved?

But let's not ask what the whistle-blower is talking about. Only the President of the United States is allowed to leak classified documents to the press whenever he wishes. It's his inherent right as unchecked leader to do this. He can wiretap Americans in violation of the law as well....just has to say it is part of his fight against terrorism. And what about Rumsfeld being personally involved in the torture of Guantanamo inmates...I guess that's just fine as well.

This Administration is a disgrace. It will take years to recover from the mess that they are putting us in. John Kerry far from the White House? Keep on dreaming. Democrats are heading that way.

Wav_manYou left th... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Wav_man

You left the bulk of your IQ behind in the last dump you took.

I imagine you stand prou... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

I imagine you stand proudly, humming Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

Actually, it was a bunch of Broadway actors in Caberet who sang it, most of them undoubtedly Democrats.

Also "Pavlovian Pussy"--they say that alliteration is the refuge of the illiterate, also Pavlov was known for his work with dogs, not cats...perhaps "Pavlovian Puppy" would have been a slight improvement.

However, this was negated by your Teutonic turn of the language, descending into the final solution of the desperate leftist commentator.

(The rest of you can hold your applause for the intended puns in the previous paragraph.)

What kind of an armband ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

What kind of an armband have you thugs adapted for your new Swastika?

Oh, I have this brightly mauvish coloured number, with a dash of green. Quite striking. I can loan it to you, if you can get it back to me before the next Gaubildstelle meeting.

Danke shoen.

Freedland and your likes , ... (Below threshold)
Rob in LA Ca.:

Freedland and your likes , no doubt you were making your voice heard when your dear sweet criminal Clinton was abusing women and commiting crimes in the White House you loyal liberal hack. You ever stop to think why your failed party is in the Minority ? Of course not . The thought of your kind being rejected is too much to admit so you just go on crying and whining light losers. It's not President Bush's fault that he takes his job serious while your moraless Prick Willie only interest was to have his pecker inflated. Some say Carter was the worst president ever , I say Clinton was the most criminal President in our History. Proven and documented by facts. Your Pathetic attempt to smear the greatest President in our days only proves how desparate and ashamed you are with your Commycrat Party . I am a registered democrat or 15 yrs and I spit in your faces for being traitors to our Country and for supporting the perpetual fraud known as the Dremocrat Party. You are what your party has become. Keep polishing that turd imbeciles.Nov 2 2004 was the year to show if your an American or a traitor and you failed.

The nation would be in b... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The nation would be in better hands if John Kerry were in the White House instead of George W. Bush.

If Kerry decides to give up his illustrious position as Senator and join Allstate, perhaps I might give it some thought.

The smoke screen put up by this Administration regarding the secret prisons in Eastern Europe beg the question. Are those prisons part of American policy? Are they illegal? Are they violations of the Geneva Convention? Are War Crimes involved?

First, it must be shown that these prisons actually exist, which the EU seems to be having a hard time showing.

Your concern for combatants who wear no governmental uniform is touching, but I must remind you that the Geneva Conventions only apply to uniformed combatants. I see you aren't questioning the Conventions vis-a-vis the "insurgents" actions against civilians/US Troops. Very telling.


And what about Rumsfeld being personally involved in the torture of Guantanamo inmates...I guess that's just fine as well.

Well, that...huh?
So...Rummy is spending his weekends down in Cuba doing a little recreational racking and pressing? Well, I guess we all need a release. Should make his press conferences more entertaining.

hahaha.....i love it!... (Below threshold)
Mak44 SUCS:

hahaha.....i love it!

Just a quick quiz, Who was ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Just a quick quiz, Who was it that stood on the senate floor and released the name of a real CIA operative , and not a diddlysquat was ever raised ABOUT IT?
Hint :XOTOB

Just a quick quiz, Who w... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Just a quick quiz, Who was it that stood on the senate floor and released the name of a real CIA operative , and not a diddlysquat was ever raised ABOUT IT?

John Kerry outed Fulton Armstrong, April 2005 during the Bolton confirmation.

I hope you aren't grading on a curve.

CorrectYou can pic... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Correct

You can pick up Your John f n Kerry flipflopping plastic genuine mask by sending a small donation to the Heinz/Kerry election scam committee. minimum donation $250,000 and zero cents.

Why of course Kerry,s happy... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Why of course Kerry,s happy McCarthy leaked national security info, now He and Gore wont feel so all alone.

Nice try guys. If... (Below threshold)

Nice try guys.

If I was grading on a curve you all get an "F".

Let me quote from the New York Times, April 13, 2005 story:

"'We referred to this other analyst at the C.I.A., whom I'll try and call Mr. Smith here,'' Mr. Bolton said. ''I hope I can keep that straight.''

Mr. Bolton could. But two senators -- Richard G. Lugar, the Indiana Republican and committee chairman, and John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat -- apparently could not. Both identified the analyst, Fulton T. Armstrong, in the hearing.

Though Mr. Armstrong had been identified in news reports two years ago about his dispute with other officials over intelligence involving Cuba, that was when he was the national intelligence officer for Latin America, and his name was no secret. When the Bolton nomination resurrected the old accounts, however, the C.I.A. asked news organizations to withhold his name."

So Senator Lugar AND Senator Kerry mentioned Mr. Armstrong's name. It wasn't a secret. It was a faux pax because the CIA requested that the name not be mentioned. But as noted in the story, Senator Kerry didn't out anyone.

Sorry guys.

Nice try.

But I am sure you can spin some more mud this way anyhow.

Ms plames name was commonly... (Below threshold)
John Kerry:

Ms plames name was commonly known among the D.C. circuit as well, everybody knows everyone it was no secret and She was not an active agent period.




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