Bush on Plame leaker: No big whoop

Three years ago, George Bush talked tough about whoever leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. "If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of," he said. Many of us thought that meant the leaker would be, you know, fired. Instead, the perp, Scooter Libby, was "taken care of" in the best sense of the term: his sentence was commuted by Bush.

Today, Bush offers little more than a shrug of the shoulders in admitting that "somebody" on his staff outed a covert agent:
"I'm aware of the fact that perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person," Bush said. "I've often thought about what would have happened if that person had come forth and said, 'I did it.' Would we have had this endless hours of investigation and a lot of money being spent on this matter? But, so, it's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House. It's run its course and now we're going to move on."

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