Leaks 'R" Us: Bowed But Not Beaten
On February 10, 2004, responding to the news that the Justice Department had launched an investigation into who revealed the identity of Valerie Plame, the president told reporters:
"If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of. . . . I want to know the truth."On December 20, 2006, responding to a question regarding the leak of a classified memo that questioned the ability of Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki to help U.S. interests, the president told reporters:
"You know, there may be an ongoing investigation of this, I just don't know. If there is, if I knew about it, it's not fresh in my mind. . . . And we've had a lot of leaks, . . . as you know, some of them out of — I don't know where they're from, therefore I'm not gonna speculate."