President Bush has unmasked the real culprit in the Plame leak: The press itself.
Reports the WashPost:
"I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official," the president said in response to a reporter's question. "Now, this is a large administration, and there's a lot of senior officials. I don't have any idea."
Bush said that "everything we know the investigators will find out," but told reporters: "I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is—partially because, in all due respect to your profession, you do a very good job of protecting the leakers."
What a crock of horseshit. If Bush can't turn over the leaker, he's either a) lying or b) useless as a chief executive. It's his goddamned, famously tight-lipped crew that did the leak, for god's sake.
As Reason's Ron Bailey wrote, "There should be no need for an investigation by the Justice Department. The President should order whoever made the leak to admit it and resign."
Bush is compounding an ugly situation by such misdirection. It's insulting, at the very least.