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."