He'll Beg for Death Before the End

According to Scott McClellan, leaking classified information is a serious offense. So serious that losing your job is just the beginning. White House Press Briefing, Sept. 29, 2003:
Q You continue to talk about the severity of this and if anyone has any information they should go forward to the Justice Department. But can you tell us, since it's so severe, would someone or a group of persons, lose their job in the White House --

MR. McCLELLAN: At a minimum.

Q At a minimum?

MR. McCLELLAN: At a minimum.
Well, buddy?

Amazing how McClellan clammed up today, given that he may now have his culprit. (Okay, it's par for the course.) He hasn't said anything substantial about the leak since October 10, 2003, when he said he'd talked to Rove et al.
Q Scott, earlier this week you told us that neither Karl Rove, Elliot Abrams nor Lewis Libby disclosed any classified information with regard to the leak. I wondered if you could tell us more specifically whether any of them told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?

MR. McCLELLAN: Those individuals -- I talked -- I spoke with those individuals, as I pointed out, and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. And that's where it stands.

Q So none of them told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?

MR. McCLELLAN: They assured me that they were not involved in this.

Q Can I follow up on that?

Q They were not involved in what?

MR. McCLELLAN: The leaking of classified information.
So far, I've been unable to find any mention of McClellan claiming before today that "those in charge of the investigation" asked him and administration folk not to comment on the "ongoing investigation" (anyone got LexisNexis?). After October 10, 2003, he kept recycling his talking points, citing the "ongoing investigation," but he didn't use a supposed higher authority as an excuse.

So who asked you not to talk, Scott? Was it Patrick Fitzgerald? Jesus? or maybe someone closer to you, say, Slug's Rove's lawyer, Luskin, who once got paid in gold bars for his services to a precious-metals money-laundering drug dealer?

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