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Silent Now, GOP Used to Talk Tough About Leaks


By David Sirota

With Republicans and the White House now refusing to answer questions about what should be done now that we know Karl Rove was involved in leaking classified information, it is instructive to go back and look at their previous ideas about how they claimed to despise national security leaks.

WHITE HOUSE SAID THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR ANY LEAKS: "The president does have very deep concerns about anything that would be inappropriately leaked that could in any way endanger America's ability to gather intelligence information, and even that could harm our ability to maintain sources and methods and anything that could interfere with America's ability to fight the war on terrorism." - White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, 6/21/02
Source link: http://archives.cnn.com/2002/US/06/20/911.warning/

GEORGE H.W. BUSH CALLED LEAKERS 'TRAITORS': "I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the names of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." - President George H.W. Bush, 4/26/99
Source link: http://www.cia.gov/cia/public_affairs/speeches/1999/bush_speech_042699.html

RUMSFELD SAID LEAKERS SHOULD BE JAILED: "[Leakers] are disgraceful. They're unprofessional. They're dangerous. They put people's lives at risk. I would also add that I think it's the obligation of people who find people leaking to tell responsible authorities because folks that do it and put people's lives at risk ought to be in jail." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 2/13/03
Source link: http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/transcripts/2003/feb/030213.gjelten.html

ASHCROFT SAID LEAKS DAMAGE NATIONAL SECURITY: "Leaks of classified information do substantial damage to the security interests of the nation.

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This is an updated email list of the MSM……

Let them know what was lost here. Let them know that this administration deliberately burned a vital and irreplaceable national security asset in order to try and silence those who were exposing their lies about the need to go to war.

The list has been formatted with commas so all you have to do is cut and past into your email program.

I recommend sending them in groups so as not to jam up your server and somewhat hide the fact you are sending a mass email. There are about 15 groups below, so send the same email 15 times. It will take five minutes. (You can send directly to one and put the rest of each group in your ‘BCC’ field to hide all but two recipients)

Keep the email short.

PUT YOUR POINT IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Mine read: Karl Rove has betrayed the United States. REPORT IT!

Feel free to email the list to all your friends, co-workers, and relatives. Feel free to repost list on your favorite blog or posting forum.

You’ll get 10-20 that come back as undeliverable at any given moment.

Have fun, good luck.

john.donvan@abc.com, terry.moran@abc.com, carole.simpson@abc.com, rfournier@ap.org, jloven@ap.org, dkeil@bloomberg.net, hprzybyla@bloomberg.net, hrosenkrantz@bloomberg.net, richard_dunham@businessweek.com, lettersbwol@businessweek.com, cns@catholicnews.com, melissa.charbonneau@cbn.com, rbc@cbsnews.com, mkx@cbsnews.com, pma@cbsnews.com, weekends@cbsnews.com

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jim.angle@foxnews.com, major.garrett@foxnews.com, wendell.goler@foxnews.com, molly.henneberg@foxnews.com, brit.hume@foxnews.com, james.rosen@foxnews.com, collins.spencer@foxnews.com, brian.wilson@foxnews.com

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kbegos@media-general.com, kepstein@mediageneral.com, jhall@media-general.com, phardin@mediageneral.com, kmitchell@media-general.com, info@thenation.com, campbell.brown@nbc.com, david.gregory@nbc.com, balpert431@aol.com, jim.barnett@newhouse.com, robert.cohen@newhouse.com, terence.kivlan@newhouse.com, blieberman@patriot-news.com, mary.orndorff@newhouse.com, scott.orr@newhouse.com, sean.reilly@newhouse.com, bill.walsh@newhouse.com, deborah.barfield@newsday.com, ken.fireman@newsday.com, letters@newsweek.com

themail@newyorker.com, jane_mayer@newyorker.com, makers@npr.org, pfessler@npr.org, dgonyea@npr.org, jludden@npr.org, steve.holland@reuters.com, editor@reuters.com, randall.mikkelsen@reuters.com, arshad.mohammed@reuters.com, editor@reuters.com, patricia.wilson@reuters.com, jtapper@salon.com, hargrovet@shns.com, sergentj@shns.com, straubb@shns.com, syoung@stephensmedia.com, lrabin@sni-news.com, dougstephan@radioamerica.org, letters@talkradionews.com, letters@talkradionews.com, letters@time.com, letters@time.com, kgambrell@upi.com

nhorrock@upi.com, conniel@usaradio.com, mhall@usatoday.com, lmcquillan@usatoday.com, kwalsh@usnews.com, jridgeway@villagevoice.com, jeanne.cummings@wsj.com, greg.hitt@wsj.com, les@wcbm.com, mcoleman@abqjournal.com, hargrovet@shns.com, newshoundone@hotmail.com, lruskin@mcclatchydc.com, syoung@stephensmedia.com, gedmonson@coxnews.com, meversley@coxnews.com, clindell@coxnews.com, julie.davis@baltsun.com, david.greene@baltsun.com, hargrovet@shns.com, fbremner@gns.gannett.com

a_kornblut@globe.com, ekelly@gns.gannett.com, kfischer@dailymail.com, churt@charlotteobserver.com, mdorning@tribune.com, jgreenburg@tribune.com, bkemper@tribune.com, cptkilian@aol.com, wneikirk@tribune.com, csimpson@tribune.com, mtackett@tribune.com, hwitt@tribune.com, jzeleny@tribune.com, easuter@plaind.com, tdiemer@plaind.com, seaton@plaind.com, jtorry@dispatch.com, bhillman@dallasnews.com, msoraghan@denverpost.com

jnorman@dmreg.com, rbailey@krwashington.com, bailey@freepress.com, dprice@detnews.com, rryan@detnews.com, lzagaroli@detnews.com, rlorente@sun-sentinel.com, mrecio@krwashington.com, rchebium@gns.gannett.com, blieberman@patriot-news.com, ddepledge@gns.gannett.com, bennett.roth@chron.com, julie.mason@chron.com, mgroppe@gns.gannett.com, aradelat@gns.gannett.com, dgoldstein@kcstar.com, dgoldstein@krwashington.com, mstearns@krwashington.com

kscott@gns.gannett.com, tbatt@stephensmedia.com, kevin_freking@adg.ardemgaz.com, edwin.chen@latimes.com, richard.cooper@latimes.com, james.gerstenzang@latimes.com, jack.nelson@latimes.com, maura.reynolds@latimes.com, jcarroll@gns.gannett.com, fdavies@krwashington.com, tjohnson@krwashington.com, kskiba@journalsentinel.com, kdiaz@mcclatchydc.com, ggordon@startribune.com, rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com, sean.reilly@newhouse.com

robert.cohen@newhouse.com, scott.orr@newhouse.com, balpert431@aol.com, bill.walsh@newhouse.com, kbazimet@edit.nydailynews.com, bblomquist@nypost.com, brinkley@nytimes.com, letters@nytimes.com, adclym@nytimes.com, dasang@nytimes.com, rstevenson@nytimes.com, icemandc@msn.com, kscott@gns.gannett.com, ccasteel@oklahoman.com, matt.kelley@owh.com, llipman@coxnews.com, slgoldstein@krwashington.com

pnicholas@phillynews.com, sbustos@gns.gannett.com, billy.house@arizonarepublic.com, kmacpherson@nationalpress.com, mwoods@nationalpress.com, bjansen@pressherald.com, jim.barnett@newhouse.com, jwagner@mcclatchydc.com, dabrahms@gns.gannett.com, phardin@mediageneral.com, kbranch@post-dispatch.com, pdine@post-dispatch.com, blambrecht@post-dispatch.com, twebb@pioneerpress.com, jbalz@sptimes.com, leed@dgsys.com, george.condon@copleydc.com, finlay.lewis@copleydc.com, zcoile@sfchronicle.com, eepstein@sfchronicle.com, lochheadc@nationalpress.com

milbankd@washpost.com, 5tips@cnn.com, AM@cnn.com, connected@msnbc.com, crossfire@cnn.com, daybreak@cnn.com, DowntoEarth@CNN.com, inthemoney@cnn.com, Kathleen&Renay@cnn.com, Kolbermann@msnbc.com, livefrom@cnn.com, livetoday@cnn.com, loudobbs@cnn.com,
hardball@msnbc.com, next@cnn.com, OntheStory@CNN.com, question@msnbc.com, wolf@cnn.com

I sent my first as a mass mailing, because I wanted them to know that i was sending a statement to everybody else.

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