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MoveOn.org just sent me this email, letting me know how I can help President Bush with his sincere investigation into the White House leak of a CIA agent’s identity. President Bush has said, “I want to know the truth.” Well, I want to help him find it.

You can help, too:

Dear MoveOn member,

Today we’re giving you a chance to clear your name. We’re asking you and tens of thousands of other MoveOn members to sign an affidavit affirming that you didn’t leak the identity of an undercover CIA agent to the press last July.

Here’s why:

President Bush told the press on Tuesday that he doesn’t “have any idea” whether the senior administration officials who blew a CIA operative’s cover will ever be found. But if he just asked his staff to sign a legally binding affidavit confirming that they weren’t involved, and referred anyone who wouldn’t to the FBI, it’s possible he could flush out the perpetrators in a day. To date, the President hasn’t even discussed this matter with his staff.

We’ve already done the President’s homework for him by writing the affidavit. Now let’s show him how easy it is for innocent people to legally declare their innocence. You can sign the affidavit and send it to the President in under a minute by going to:

On Sunday, Reuters reported that Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose cover was blown “was probably the single highest target of any possible terrorist organization or hostile intelligence service that might want to do damage,” according to a former senior CIA official. It’s now clear that the leakers in the White House are willing to put national security and the lives of CIA operatives in danger for their own ends. But President Bush seems unconcerned — he hasn’t even looked into who it might be.

Here are a few quotes from the Bush Administration that give some contrast to the task of finding the leakers.

On finding Osama Bin Laden in Central Asia:
“We’re going to hunt them down one at a time. . . it doesn’t matter where they hide, as we work with our friends we will find them and bring them to justice.”
–President George W. Bush, 11/22/02

On finding Saddam Hussein in the Mideast:
“We are continuing the pursuit and it’s a matter of time before [Saddam] is found and brought to justice.”
–White House spokesman McClellan, 9/17/03

On finding the leaker in the close confines of the White House:
“I don’t know if we’re going to find out the senior administration official. I don’t have any idea.”
–President George W. Bush, 10/7/03

President Bush can do better than that. He could start by simply asking his staff to sign a legally binding affidavit. Show the President how easy it is. Sign the affidavit and send it on to the President today at:

It’s been three months since Valerie Plame’s identity was leaked to the press. The time for President Bush to take command and find the leakers is long overdue.

–Carrie, Eli, Joan, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack
  The MoveOn Team
  October 9th, 2003

(Many thanks to the Center for American Progress for the research and quotes.)

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  • Eric Olsen

    Sounds like the RIAA

  • Hey, Brian. Move on!

  • Joe

    Does MoveOn actually do anything?

  • Andrew

    It is interesting to contrast MoveOn’s position on this issue with that taken back in the Clinton impeachment era. In the earlier timeframe, they argued that the testimony and information demands from the Congress and the Independent Counsel were excessive and should not be permitted. Everybody should just “move on” and get over it, stop talking about it, the press should just “shut up,” etc., etc.

    Their base hypocrisy and true nature was manifestly visible during their outrageous conduct in the recent Schwarzenegger episode versus their views on the far worse conduct by former President Clinton. They are a bunch of useless idiots.

  • I had to say the last, because, well, it’s funny.

    But seriously, I want to make sure I understand:
    1. Robert Novak printed a story that contained the fact that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent.
    2. People were up in arms because if Plame was a covert agent and Novak blew her cover, where did he get the info?
    3. Novak assured the public that when he heard that Plame was an agent, he called the CIA directly, and they confirmed it, so it didn’t seem to him like any big secret.

    Problem solved, right?

    Well, no. If those were the only facts of the case, then the problem would be solved. After all, if the CIA will tell people calling them that so-and-so is an employee of the CIA, she can hardly be classed as covert, can she? But, in the meantime, five or six other reporters have stated that they were approached by someone in the White House who wanted them to know that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. And that is the problem.

    Again, this was apparently not illegal give other facts of the case, but it is certainly dirty, a low blow. And so the question that remains now is:

    Who was playing dirty politics and called reporters to get the story about Valerie Plame out there?

    Not because it’s illegal (because it isn’t), but because it is dirty, possibly even dirtier than her husband’s apparently-illegal appearances on various talk shows.

    Is that right? Because if so, I agree completely with that, and I think Bush ought to ask everybody at a certain level and up to sign an affidavit, and fire anybody who won’t.

    Although that might run afoul of federal employee laws. Hmmm…

  • …apparently-illegal appearances on various talk shows.


    Was the release of the Pentagon Papers “dirty”?

  • if moveon’s “increasingly influential” role in the recall carries any predictive value, this initiative is good news for g.w. bush and the party that is in the majority because it is so out of touch, according to totally rational groups such as moveon.

    the pentagon papers release was a crime. was it dirty? not necessarily. i’m not convinced that dr. dan was acting out of political animus, whether against the Democrats who sank us into the war and escalated or the Republican who prolonged the drawdown and peace process.

  • Brian – The Pentagon Papers? From 1971? Really?

    Move On!

    Anyway, I’ll assume that your answer to the rest of my comment is in the affirmative, and withdraw the statement about the impropriety/illegality of Wilson’s television appearances since I don’t remember my source and it isn’t really germane to the discussion.

  • Hmm, I was expecting a “shut up” from Brian. He’s been using that lately when he doesn’t have an answer. He seems to think it’s an amusing satire of O’Reilly. I guess I don’t rate. 🙁


  • An answer to what?

  • As Daniel Ellsberg said when I heard him speak on Friday, unlike most countries, the US does not have an official secrets act which makes it illegal to release classified information.

    There is a law which was pushed by Bush when he was head of the CIA to make it illegal to reveal the name of any CIA employee who is undercover.

    Novak’s CIA source told him not to print her name and probably thought that was enough not aware that Novak wanted to be whipped and told he would be a very very bad boy if he printed her name.

  • Joe


    I’m beginning to think that Moveon’s backing might not be so much a good thing.

  • mike

    She has a generic blonde look, and everybody in Washington and the world knows what she looks like now anyway (pictures are plentiful on the Internet). I suspect this is a new, more public, phase in Wilson’s strategy to nail the leakers. It won’t work in time to prevent W’s re-election but, like Nixon, W is probably going down in his second term on this and many, many other issues. Buh-bye!

  • Joe

    Your strategy of hope is heartwarming.