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Dem Staffer Accused of Leaking Identified

Yesterday Jim Addison blogged about the Democratic staff person who was suspended for leaking national security informaton. The identity of that Dem staffer has now been revealed.

The aide was identified by other congressional officials as Larry Hanauer. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a pending investigation into the leak, said Hanauer had held positions with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security before joining the professional staff of Democrats on the House intelligence panel about two years ago.

A spokesman for Harman said Hanauer was not available to comment. His attorney, Jonathan Turley, expressed anger that Hanauer was named in news reports Friday and said there was no evidence the aide leaked the intelligence report.

Turley wrote to committee leaders, "When a staffer can become fodder for politics in this way, it discourages qualified people from seeking to join public service."

Other Democratic aides said Hanauer was familiar with rules surrounding classified materials and said they were skeptical he would leak information.

The Squiggler has a good roundup, as does Michelle Malkin, who points to some scandals no one is talking about -- including how Jane Harman retained her position as top Dem on the House Intelligence Committee.

I am with Macranger:

This is going to get good. "Democrat Spies on the House Intelligence Committee during a time of war".....

Foley who?....

I doubt this will get anywhere close to the amount of coverage Foley is still getting (all these weeks later), and the headline written by the MSM will never come close to Macranger's, but this issue obviously has bigger implications to the safety and security of American citizens than Foley's instant messages. Especially since Foley is gone, but Harman is still there. Unfortunately, sex scandals, even ones that don't involve actual sex, provide better material for the late night comics than national security does.

Update: Flopping Aces is connecting the dots.


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"The aide was identified by... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"The aide was identified by other congressional officials as Larry Hanauer. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a pending investigation into the leak..."

I love it! The anonymous source leaking the leaker! When will it end?

The staffer was on Jane Har... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

The staffer was on Jane Harman's (Top dog demo on the intel committee) staff and was hired by her. Now the 'treason' is being defended by none other than SF Nan Peloshi. How many demo's knew of the treason and knew who committed the treason? Sounds like the entire demo leadership was involved if not in the actual crime, then at least in the coverup.

What other crimes is Harman under federal investigation for? How long has she been a traitor?

Time to clean house in the congress, of the democ'rat party members that are trairors who have succeeded in getting out soldiers killed on a daily basis. No mistake, no bad decision, deliberately assisting the enemy.

If the guy did it punish hi... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

If the guy did it punish him to the letter of the law.

Since some of these right wing kook blog sites have tried and convicted this person, I was just wondering when the hanging is scheduled. Oh.....the proof? Um, well it was a "coincidence" that this person asked for the information several days before it was leaked.

Oh, poor me, I plumb forgot that right wing Repubs don't believe we have a Constitution. How silly of me to believe a person is innocent till proven guilty. Oh has the standard changed from beyond a reasonable doubt to proof by coincidence?

Yeah Hugh, punish him to th... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Yeah Hugh, punish him to the letter of the law. Just like they did to your pal Sandy "stuff it in my pants" Burglar. Liberal traitors don't seem to get much punishment, probably cause they're doing it for the children, or puppies, or.....

Oh Pulease Hugh, Your hypoc... (Below threshold)

Oh Pulease Hugh, Your hypocritical cries of "guilty until proven innocent" are falling on deaf ears. All you left Wing extremist nut jobs were screaming for Roves head on a platter over the Plame Affair. You already have DeLay convicted and in jail. STFU

VW

I am wondering why certain ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

I am wondering why certain stories aren't covered too. Like why CNN (and Wizbang!) has mentioned Harry Reid's land deal multiple times more than and Dennis Hastert's. I mean, I know Hastert covered up for a pedophile for years, but his land deal was extremely shady. It should also be covered.

As far as a leak to the NYT - I think we have to wait until charges are brought and a trial is held to determine guilt. Until then, your strategy of blaming America first is really misguided.

Harman,Pelosi,Reid,Clinton,... (Below threshold)
914:

Harman,Pelosi,Reid,Clinton,Biden and Kerry.. This is who the libs have voted to protect America..Truly despicable!

By the way, Why the Hell is Armitage still walking around a free Man?

Daniel Ellsberg was a leaky... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

Daniel Ellsberg was a leaky staffer, remember the Pentagon Papers? We owe that guy a debt of thanks.

Maybe this guy is leaking information on Bush's plan to invade/attack Iran. That would be a national service; if we can stop the Iran War, any price would be worth paying.

I would think that if it we... (Below threshold)
Dave:

I would think that if it were that juicy of a story, your buddies over at CNN would have it covered jp2. I think the point of the stories here at wizbang are to post stories and commentary that provide somewhat of an "equal-time" to your buddies over at CNN etc... If Hastert really does have some shady land deals i'm sure that the feds and subsequently CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS will be all over it, thus no reason for a fine site like Wizbang to wring their hands over it.

On the other hand, Harry Reid and many other democrats go unpunished and uninvestigated for reasons unknown, while republicans get investigated if they look funny or don't talk right.

As far as blaming america first? don't make me laugh jp2. you might want to check the people on your side of the aisle that say our troops shouldn't be terrorizing the iraqis in the dead of night, or that our troops slaughter innocents like pol-pot in the pattie fields. I think you might want to check your side of the aisle before you try to project the "blame america first" name on the right.

I saw a post, not sure if it was Wizbang or not, about how the left uses projection (says the other side does something their own side does but turns a blind eye to it when their own side does it) all the time. The double standard with the left is glaring, and i'm glad to see that fine sites like Wizbang stand up and call you lefties out on it.

Here's the silver-bullet, s... (Below threshold)

Here's the silver-bullet, smoking-gun evidence that LaHood had for accusing this staffer:

"'I have no credible information to say any classified information was leaked from the committee's minority staff, but the implications of such would be dramatic,' LaHood said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. 'This may, in fact, be only coincidence, and simply 'look bad.' But coincidence, in this town, is rare.'"

On Fox News, he elaborated, "There are some of us on the other side who can equally play politics, and I'm not afraid to do it."

So, there you have it. The Harman staffer is guilty as charged. Case closed. Take that libs.

I'm with Hugh on this one. Punish the guy when there's actually any evidence (other than that this guy had access to the same report thousands of others did). When the accuser says that he's playing politics, it doesn't fill me with faith that the accusations are well grounded.

The truth of the matter is ... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

The truth of the matter is that this right wing administration is a failure; its policies are a failure. The right wing Congress is a failure; its policies are a failure. The war is a failure. The congress is corrupt. Bush acts, sounds and looks like he is clueless. The right is in a panic and has begun eating its own children. The kook xtian right blames the neocons, the neocons blame the xtian right, the true conservatives are disgusted at profligate spending and a national debt their great grandchildren will be paying off. Scaring the country about terrorism doesn't work. Scaring folks about gay marriage doesn't work. Phoney alerts just prior to elections doesn't work. Busting plots by goofballs who don't have bus fare much less the means to do damage doesn't work.

The news is terrible for the wingnuts. So the idea, the mere whiff of something to change the subject from failure is leapt upon like meat for rabid dogs. The panic of the realization that America has awakened and is rejecting your policies and your candidates is more than you can bear.

The answer? Convict someone today, immediately,because of a coincidence. If that doesn't sum you folks up I don't know what does.

Fine, Then why does'nt the ... (Below threshold)
914:

Fine, Then why does'nt the NYT release their source for the info privately to the Homeland security department and clear His name?

Seems fair?

The leak has nothing to do ... (Below threshold)
Sov:

The leak has nothing to do with Plame(except for the NSA intelligence committee monitoring complaint), so we might as well make it news. Foley? No one knows who the original Foley was after Plame's boss. Looks like more names being replaced by same names.

Ya but, Kennedy spied for KGB or is that the other names not liking Mass or saying their from Conn?

It's great to see the same ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

It's great to see the same people that wanted the President/VP to resign and Rove to be cuffed and stuffed without one piece of evidence in what turned out to be a joke called the Wilson/Plame boondoggle non crime, defending Harman and Peloshi. Better look a little deeper for a federal investigation of the democ'rat top dog, Harman, on the intel committee.

I guess we'll hear for the proven traitor Hanoi John and the now accused traitor (with evidence) Swimmer Ted next. 'Leaky' Leahy will most likely keep his mouth shut.

Is this all coming out as a result of the democ'rats operatives outing people as gay that aren't gay?
Tit for Tat can ruin a lot of people, but sometimes becomes a necessary evil in politics.

Hugh Sorry but a c... (Below threshold)
914:

Hugh

Sorry but a coincidence does not happen every other week against one party or the other! This is purposeful by someone?

America has not awakened to rejecting anything yet! The election is still a couple weeks away.

While I freely admit You leftards do not want to change the subject from Foleys non sexual sexual e-mails, The fact is this blog and many others are reporting and discussing important issues facing our country that the DRIVE BY MEDIA fail too!

I'm one of the same people ... (Below threshold)

I'm one of the same people that said these things over Plame? That comes as news to me. I guess it's easier to paint everyone with a broad brush rather than actually considering the evidence. I guess that's a necessary evil in Scrapiron's posting philosophy.

"Sorry but a coincidence... (Below threshold)

"Sorry but a coincidence does not happen every other week against one party or the other! This is purposeful by someone?"
Obviously, the NIE leak was intentional. The question is, have we correctly identified the guilty party. I have yet to see piece of evidence #1, but we'll see. I also agree that the accusation and specific person that the accusation was made against was politically motivated. LaHood has said exactly that.

914I, for one, car... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

914

I, for one, care not a wit about Folet's e-mails. But I'm sure, like you, I'd like to know if the leadership covered it up. Wouldn't you? And guess what? They're actually investigating it on a bi-partisan basis. Wow, what a concept. Investigate something instead of accusing by coincidence.

Interesting you referred to the alleged leaker as "someone". So "someone" should be hung?

Read the newspapers, or even listen to Fox and you might find out just how much America is rejecting the failed policies of the right wing.

Hugh

Hugh: "How silly of me t... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Hugh: "How silly of me to believe a person is innocent till proven guilty."

I'm with you Hugh...he IS innocent until proven guilty. Satisfied?

But that doesn't mean you don't RESTRICT HIS ACCESS TO SECRET INFORMATION!! Harman is (her word) "OUTRAGED" that he doesn't have access pending the investigation. Outraged!!

Harman's solution...let him continue to have access for as long as it takes to charge, try and judge him. Stoooopid? Not to a Dimocrat!

Bush could have restricted ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Bush could have restricted Rove's access to secret information during the investigation. He didn't.

I think it's reasonable for Hanauer to be restricted, just like cops sometimes get desk duty during investigations. But let's not pretend that Republicans always do the right thing, and Dems the wrong thing.

Let's see...nope,nope,nope.... (Below threshold)

Let's see...nope,nope,nope...no Lee codemning this one. So by my count, he's for little punks putting together BS terrorist pranks and he's for democratic leakers.

All you left Wing extrem... (Below threshold)
Brian:

All you left Wing extremist nut jobs were screaming for Roves head on a platter over the Plame Affair.

They wanted Rove investigated, not immediately thrown in jail. I never understood why Republicans always oppose investigations of their own. If they're as innocent as they claim, then let the investigation show it, and you'd have a great argument to shut liberals up.

If they're as inno... (Below threshold)
If they're as innocent as they claim, then let the investigation show it, and you'd have a great argument to shut liberals up.

Is that not what Patrick Fitzgerald did during the Plame investigation debacle? How many years and how many millions of dollars did that man waste?

And yet, Rove was never led out in the vaunted perp walk the left was salivating over.

So, Brian, Frogmarched out ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So, Brian, Frogmarched out of the Whitehouse now = investigated.
You are, of course, full of shit.

Hugh "I, for one, care not ... (Below threshold)
engineer:

Hugh "I, for one, care not a wit about Folet's e-mails. But I'm sure, like you, I'd like to know if the leadership covered it up. Wouldn't you? And guess what? They're actually investigating it on a bi-partisan basis. Wow, what a concept. Investigate something instead of accusing by coincidence."

Good!

Now, how many democrats were calling for Hastert to resign over this? I must of missed the outcome of the investigation.

God, I just love it how the... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

God, I just love it how the Democratic appologists go into CYA mode when something like this hits the fan. During the Plame affair how many of you made statements like "Frog march his ass out of..." and other inflamatiory statements without the first shred of evidence about Rove? You hypocritical bastards need to STFU, right now. When more evidence is gathered by the FBI and further leaks come out about how they knew it was him perhaps then you'll see how ignorant your statements are now.
"We want to know who knew what and when did they learn of it."
Perhaps the Democratic leaders in the Senate have some serious explaining to do.

Nice to see that Jonathan T... (Below threshold)
martin:

Nice to see that Jonathan Turley, academic lawyer to terrorists (who talks like a girl) is on the case for the alleged leaker. If he's concerned about the quality of people who join the federal government he should live and work outside the beltway. This Volvo-driving Clinton democrat is an intellectual wimp who can only make the most obvious legal arguments (like a girl). A pox on him and his camera-chasing ass.

Hugh , your such a fricke... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Hugh , your such a fricken riot. You have perfectly described the democrat party. With all the democrat failures now coming to light it's no surprise the democrats are out of power and in the MINORITY. No better undisputable proof than that , right Hugh?

Proof of failure = Democrats out of POWER

= House Minority

= Senate Minority

= No Democrat getting BJ's in
oval office.

= Democrats Lying and crying
24/7

= Their buddies in the Media ,
repeating them, zero cred.

= Al Qaeda and others thanking
Democrats for doing their
dirty work.

Hey there ya go, somebody who actually agrees with you and appreciates what your doing on their behalf. OUR ENEMIES AND TERRORISTS.

We cannot expect much from ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

We cannot expect much from folks like Lee, Hugh, Brian, muirego ... They either willfully ignorant or simply intellectually dishonest for supporting the corrupted Dem party. This one is eeriely similar to what the Dems trying to do today in aiding the terrorists and to bring down anothe Rep president (h/t: Aces at polipundit)


http://hotair.com/archives/2006/10/20/the-kennedy-kgb-letter/
There's a new book on Ronald Reagan making the rounds, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. Its author, Paul Kengor, unearthed a sensational document from the Soviet archives. That document is a memo regarding an offer made by Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts via former Senator John Tunney, both Democrats, to the General Secretary of the Communist Party, USSR, Yuri Andropov, in 1983. The offer was to help the Soviet leadership, military and civilian, conduct a PR campaign in the United States as President Ronald Reagan sought re-election. The goal of the PR campaign would be to cast President Reagan as a warmonger, the Soviets as willing to peacefully co-exist, and thereby turn the electorate away from Reagan. It was a plan to enlist Soviet help, and use the American press, in unseating an American president.

Three cheers for LoveAmeric... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Three cheers for LoveAmerica Immigrant. Also for those posters with sufficient brains to remember the screams for Rove to be frog marched out of the white house even he was not even 'charged' with anything and as it turned out he had did nothing wrong.
Wasn't those screams originating from DU and KOS and spread around the net by people of the same caliber as lee with a little l, Hugh, muirego, Brian and hundreds of other left wing whacko's. Now they have their whacker caught in a vise and all they can do is scream and lie.

I just read an interesting article that says that the democ'rat sweep has been swept under the rug. One more week of the truth and they'll end up short seats. Crazies like Ford and Webb are killing them.

I am shocked, shocked that ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I am shocked, shocked that the Dems populating the Intel Committee would sponsor such a thing as the NIE leak. Shocked, I tell you.

Like I'm shocked that Ted Kennedy might have tried to coordinate with Andropov's gov't. in 1983 against Reagan. Being a good Dem means first being a good hater of things American, like it's military power which protects their sorry asses.

Now we need Chairman Alcee Hastings, once the House turns over to the Dems, to start inquiries. But first, shouldn't make sure he's not still "on the take" as in his judicial career which ended in felonies?

More fuel to burn the democ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

More fuel to burn the democ'rat party's a**. Phony concern for protecting the children.

Dan at Rhiel World View has been connecting the dots in the Foley/Democratic Dirty Tricks Squad scandal, and the dots are starting to point toward ultra-leftwing sugardaddy George Soros. The anti-dirty tricks blog Stop October Surprises claims to have traced an IP representing the now expunged blog Stop Sexual Predators to the Human Rights Campaign a liberal group connected to People for the American Way, and thus to Soros (all roads are leading to Royal Oak, Michigan). This new information gibes with news accounts saying that Democratic Party operatives werre shopping the Foley story to the Press months before it broke.

The evidence is pointing toward a conspiracy within the Democratic Party and its supporters to withhold information about Mark Foley's suspected peccadilloes until it was politically expedient to release it. In other words, it was never about the "children," it was always about exploiting the children for political purposes.

Hey Scrappy:That a... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Hey Scrappy:

That article you read the was the same one that says we have ETs in captivity in New Mexico?

By the way, EVERYTHING is a democratic conspiracy. Quick - look under your bed!!!

By the way, EVERYTHING is a... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

By the way, EVERYTHING is a democratic conspiracy. Quick - look under your bed!!!
------------------------------------------------
Typical cheap evasion tactic to avoid facing the truth. It is hard when you are supporting an intellectually and morally corrupt party/movement.

The democrat party of pe... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

The democrat party of perpetual fraud is looking mighty childish and pathetic. They have become a circus of clowns and so unbelievably desparate. I think this time around some will completely lose it and will be yelling "Bonsai" as they leep of the twelve inch curb onto the black top.They'll sit up and look around and say......why am I still here? LOL, them dummies can't do anything right.

"Time to clean house in the... (Below threshold)

"Time to clean house in the congress, of the democ'rat party members that are trairors who have succeeded in getting out soldiers killed on a daily basis. No mistake, no bad decision, deliberately assisting the enemy."


Scrappy, are you even a real person? The Wizbang people better check your IP address, because I swear you are a democratic plant to make right wingers look unhinged and delusional.

Now, how many democrats ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Now, how many democrats were calling for Hastert to resign over this? I must of missed the outcome of the investigation.

How many Republicans are calling for Harry Reid to resign? I must have missed the outcome of the investigation.

You don't think this faux f... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

You don't think this faux foley-gate scandal doesn't look timed for max effect? Apparently this stuff has been known to someone--the Pages for certain--for several years now, but it's just now coming to light?

I got a bridge in NY for you, too. You dim dems are a hoot.

Feckless--definition: 1. L... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Feckless--definition: 1. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.
2. Careless and irresponsible.

Perfect adjective for Field Nut, Hugh, Brian, Herman, Lee, Mungo, and Mantis, as well as their Democratic brethren.

Apparently this stuff ha... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Apparently this stuff has been known to someone... for several years now

Yep. Hastert, Boehner, Reynolds, ...

Feckless--definition

Congratulations! You learned a new word! And it has 8 whole letters, too!

Insanity is doing the same ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. -Albert Einstein

I wonder why lefties keep coming here to lob their rhetorical bombs, when there is no proof that they have turned anyone to their cause. What value is their in arguing with "wingnuts", as they call us, when nothing changes? Maybe they consider themselves missionaries, in a way.

I am provided with an education when they do come and visit. What I learn is that it is very difficult to change someone's mind while insulting them. Many times it is difficult even when you are not insulting them. So girls (Brian, Hugh, Lee, etc), keep coming back. Keep insulting us. Keep banging your heads against the wall (figuratively, of course!). Cheap entertainment is hard to find these days.

I've heard some leftist gro... (Below threshold)

I've heard some leftist groups assign trolls to conservative sites, but I doubt they would bother "sending" us the pathetic lot we have attracted.


Notice the idiocy they continue from the original thread. They suppose that since LaHood notified Hoekstra because he noticed a "coincidence," the man must have been suspended by Hoekstra ONLY because of the same "coincidence." They set up the straw man, then attack him.

LaHood's letter just brought it to Hoekstra's attention. There was surely some other evidence found before the suspension, though. Such staffers have to sign waivers for all their personal communication records, so it could be something as simple as calls to NYT reporters from the guy's cell phone after he got the NIE report.

Whatever it was won't be released, and seldom would be in an investigation which could result in criminal charges.

So just enjoy the moonbats flailing around. They never actually hit anything, recalling Shelley:

'Tis we, who lost in stormy visions, keep

With phantoms an unprofitable strife,

And in mad trance, strike with our spirit's knife

Invulnerable nothings.

Thank you for that truly en... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Thank you for that truly enlightening lesson on how to avoid off-topic posts that serve only to insult people.

field negro : Twenty two ye... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

field negro : Twenty two year of military service. Retired in 1980, four years after I left the democratic party due to the election of Dimmy Carter. Had inside info on him. Some of my friends went to high school and college with him. They all laughed their a** off when he was elected, said he had already ruined the state of Ga.as governor, and that he was the dumbest hick to ever grow up in Plains Ga. Hey, that's about what his momma said about him also. He was the most stupid president and Slick Willie was the sleeziest i history . Great democratic record.

I will be a Republican on Nov 8th no matter what, how about you. Every day more sleeze and slime oozes out about the traitors in the democ'rat party. Can we charge them with the murder of hundreds of American Soldiers since their direct aid and comfort led to the deaths? I'll get a good laugh if they win and the taxes on workers go up 25%+ and the stock market crashes like it did when they found out that all of the CEO/CFO' that took over during the 90's had two sets of books. One showing billions in assets and a correct one showing that I had more money in my checking account (very little) than the corporations actually had. Actually if you had an income of $40,000 (after all deductions) and the same income (too sorry to progress) in 2005 you effectively got over a thousand dollar per year raise in tax cuts alone.

It will be fun to watch the democ'rats whining and screaming when the terrorist start attacking every large gathering in the United States. We will have no defense left and and the terrorists know that better than most Americans. France is getting paid for their cowardance now and it will spread to this country as soon as the phony 'law and order' crowd take over.

They suppose that...... (Below threshold)
Brian:

They suppose that...

Nice. You dedicate a post to "leftist trolls" who draw imaginary conclusions without supportive facts, and then you punctuate this by stating...

There was surely some other evidence found before the suspension, though.

Oh yes, surely there must be. After all, you wouldn't be drawing imaginary conclusions without supportive facts, would you?

Notice how Brian's trolling... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Notice how Brian's trolling worked in reply to my last post.

I was making the point, re another earlier post, that the timing was more than coincidence because we have evidence that others had the info on Foley's foibles long ago and obviously held it just until now, to influence the elections. These dems obviously don't give a damn about the Pages--it's always just politics for them.

Instead of addressing that important issue, Brian threw it back in an entirely different manner, one that was hypocritical, and not relevant to the point I made.

Typical.

LoveAmerica Immigrant... (Below threshold)
914:

LoveAmerica Immigrant

Great post, Eerily similar to the help most of the Washington leftists are giving to the jihadists today.

On the subject of leaking, Harman has to go too.

we have evidence that ot... (Below threshold)
Brian:

we have evidence that others had the info on Foley's foibles long ago and obviously held it just until now, to influence the elections.

Well, the only ones I know of who knew about this for a long time and held the information were Republicans. If you have evidence of others, please share it.

"Well, the only ones I k... (Below threshold)
914:

"Well, the only ones I know of who knew about this for a long time and held the information were republicans."

So Your an insider eh?

So by Your rational the repubs let the cat out of the bag to hurt their chances in the election?

Interesting take.

"LaHood's letter just br... (Below threshold)

"LaHood's letter just brought it to Hoekstra's attention. There was surely some other evidence found before the suspension, though. Such staffers have to sign waivers for all their personal communication records, so it could be something as simple as calls to NYT reporters from the guy's cell phone after he got the NIE report."

Though Brian already addressed this comment in a very nice post, let me add the following. Hoekstra has called for an investigation and suspended the staffer. The investigation hasn't actually happened yet, so it seems unlikely that any cell phone records would have been dumped yet, or that any actual evidence would have been uncovered. If you are going to call for an investigation, though, suspending the staffer makes sense, so I can't fault Hoekstra too much for his actions.

If the staffer is actually found guilty after an investigation, I think that Harmon should resign her position on the committe and that the staffer should be prosecuted. If not, I think that LaHood should publically apologize for this spurious accusation. I also think Jim Addison should write a new article on why it's bad to base articles on faith, not facts. Somehow I doubt that will ever happen, but I'll try to remember to remind him if that ever comes to pass.

Brian, Of... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Brian,

Of course your going to say that. Your a stupid lying democrat. Exactly which Republicans and how many Brian? Don't bother I already know your answer. It's the same as the lies the Rats and their media have been spewing for two weeks now.

The Democrat Party is a "PERPETUAL FRAUD" , one big lie. You support the party of lies irregardless of the facts. That makes you a liar not to mention the democrat/liberal Media standard opperating procedure of telling half truths, white lies and lying by omission.

So by Your rational the ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So by Your rational the repubs let the cat out of the bag to hurt their chances in the election?

Can't say. You'll have to find the Republican who let the cat out of the bag to ask him his motivation. But, I guess we don't go after Republican leakers.

Your a stupid lying demo... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Your a stupid lying democrat. Exactly which Republicans and how many Brian? Don't bother I already know your answer.

Here's one. Here's some more. But I guess you already knew that answer.

You support the party of lies irregardless of the facts. That makes you a liar not to mention the democrat/liberal Media standard opperating procedure of telling half truths, white lies and lying by omission.

Please identify the lies. Please identify the half truths. Please identify the white lies and omissions. Oh, don't bother, I already know your answer.

"The first Web report of th... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"The first Web report of the relatively tame e-mails appears to have prompted someone to share the explicit IM messages. After ABC News obtained those messages, in which Foley discussed sexual acts with the second former page, a scandal mushroomed on Capitol Hill, and Foley resigned.

The source who provided the e-mails that ABC News first reported on its blog, denied sharing the more explicit IMs."

"The creator of stopsexpreditors.blogspot.com is unknown. An interview request e-mailed to the site was not returned."

The real scandal is that of the phony outrage of the democrats and the two week long repeating of the same information day after day. With Liberal Media Democrat Hacks pretending to be so stupid or maybe they are just that stupid as to not know the difference between "E-MAILS" and "INSTANT MESSAGES". You MINORITY SORE LOSERS cry scandal every time the wind blows.

The TRUE SCANDAL "IS" the timing of the Instant Messages , the nonstop coverage of this non-NEWS for two straight weeks 24 hrs a day with plenty of phony democrat outrage while at the same time going to court to make sure that Foleys name remain on the ballot.

So Brian, Supporter of the democrat party whose member actually did rape a 17 year old in the page program after committing the crime of serving alchohol to a minor and not only do not resign , he thumbed his nose at the entire Country and was rewarded with dozens of more years in public. service and given chairmanship in a commitee.And your party's other criminal queer Barney Franks and his scandal yet he still sits or maybe bends over in office like a good criminal democrat.


"The FBI also is investigating, trying to determine whether any crimes were committed by Foley."

How about that?

Sorry Brian but a staffer s... (Below threshold)
914:

Sorry Brian but a staffer saying it came from a GOP AID DOES NOT MAKE IT FACT!

Try a little more kool-aid.

maybe they are just that... (Below threshold)
Brian:

maybe they are just that stupid as to not know the difference between "E-MAILS" and "INSTANT MESSAGES".

It's very clear what the difference is.
E-mails: Provided by a Republican staffer, probably too disgusted to keep quiet any longer.
IMs: Provided by the pages themselves, the day AFTER the e-mail story broke, in direct reaction to seeing the story in the news.

The TRUE SCANDAL "IS" the timing of the Instant Messages

Oh yes, how incredibly suspect that the IMs would come to light the day after a story about the e-mails broke. Why, they must have been sitting on the IM story for several hours!

If there were any other points in your post, I didn't comprehend any of them.

Sorry Brian but a staffe... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Sorry Brian but a staffer saying it came from a GOP AID DOES NOT MAKE IT FACT!

LOL! Ignore those public statements! Ignore those news reports! Ignore those Republicans who have not disputed or challenged the reports! From now on, all suppositions are to be vetted by 914's superior "intuition" before being declared "facts"!

The day after? Nice try ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

The day after? Nice try , the e-mails were known long before the IM's were made public. The e-mails weren't that big a deal months ago until they had more damning stuff to print. By the way , has there been a crime commited in this democrat desparate smoke screen?

The day after?... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The day after?

Yes, the day after.

Nice try , the e-mails were known long before the IM's were made public.

Well duh, of course they were. The timeline is very clear. What's your point? No one has claimed otherwise. Nice try.

The e-mails weren't that big a deal months ago until they had more damning stuff to print.

This is an uncontested and documented fact to the story, but I'll say it one more time. The IMs were provided to the news media AFTER the e-mail story appeared in the news, by the pages themselves WHO SAW THE REPORT IN THE NEWS. There has never been anyone who claimed otherwise, nor has anyone suggested that the media knew about and sat on the IMs. If you think otherwise, your tinfoil hat is pulled too tight.

Wow Martin, that was by far... (Below threshold)
seamus:

Wow Martin, that was by far the most intelligent thing I've ever read from a Republican. Let me ask you, do they let the mentally retarded vote? or will you be making popsicle stick art on election day?




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