scott mcclellan today: "Declassifying information and providing it to the public, when it is in the public interest is one thing. But leaking classified information that could compromise our national security is something that is very serious. And there is a distinction."
so when this president leaks, it's in the public interest, but when bad nasty unpatriotic newspapers leaks, it's bad and unpatriotic.
trent duffy, 30 december 2005: "The President spoke directly about how he felt about the leaking of classified information, and the White House was informed of the decision, as was the President. And you have his own words about how he feels about the leaking of classified information. I think it's plain to say that the terrorists want to strike America again and they hope to inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. The leaking of classified information is a serious issue. The fact is that al Qaeda's playbook is not printed on page one, and when America's is, it has serious ramifications. You don't need to be Sun Tzu to understand that. (Laughter.)"
bush, 30 september 2003: "There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch. There's leaks in the legislative branch. There's just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."
mcclellan, 29 september 2003: "If there is specific information relating to the White House, someone is welcome to bring it to our attention. But I have not seen any information, beyond what is in the media reports, to suggest White House involvement....I think I addressed that earlier. Absolutely, the President believes that this is a serious matter when you're talking about the leak of classified information. The leak of classified information, yes, you're absolutely right, can compromise sources and methods. That's why the President takes it very seriously, and we've always taken it very seriously. And if it happened in this case, it's a particularly serious matter and it should be looked into by the Department of Justice."
this hypocrite phoney should fire himself except he's too much of lying hypocrite. the wapo has a nice little summary of this hypocrite's record on leaks.