More important, is the document filed by Independent Prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald, which on page 27 informs the court and the public — if press would only report it — that neither the President nor the Vice President had advance knowledge of the leak of the name of Joseph Wilson’s life.
The President is allowed to declassify materials. In fact other senior members of an Administration — the Secretaries of State, Defense and the Attorney General, for example — can declassify materials. And what the President apparently declassified was something that was to be made public within days of his actions.
So let’s recap. Not an illegal leak, but merely an early release of a declassified document.
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