Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"The culture of unaccountability"

Over at TPM Cafe, Joe Wilson, husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, reminds us that the fuss over reporters Matt Cooper and Judith Miller is at it's core a question of government officials refusing to take responsibility for their actions:
The sentencing of Judith Miller to jail for refusing to disclose her sources is the direct result of the culture of unaccountability that infects the Bush White House from top to bottom. President Bush’s refusal to enforce his own call for full cooperation with the Special Counsel has brought us to this point. Clearly, the conspiracy to cover up the web of lies that underpinned the invasion of Iraq is more important to the White House than coming clean on a serious breach of national security. Thus has Ms Miller joined my wife, Valerie, and her twenty years of service to this nation as collateral damage in the smear campaign launched when I had the temerity to challenge the President on his assertion that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium yellowcake from Africa.

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