The authors of The New York Times article
on Joe Wilson's new book note that he points a finger of blame at I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Vice President's Chief of Staff.
The article then says: "But Mr. Wilson offers no firm evidence to support his assertion, and the White House has denied it." And then later: "The White House has denied that Mr. Libby, Mr. Abrams or Mr. Rove were involved in the disclosure."
With respect, that's not true.
It may seem that I'm being hyper-specific. But the White House has gone to great lengths not
to deny that these men were involved in disclosing Plame's identity. In fact, they've refused to do so
. Rather, they've clung to hyper-technical claims that none of the three were involved in the "leaking of classified information" in the hope that journalists will read this as a blanket denial, which is it not.
The 'classified information' dodge allows them to avoid the actual question and hang their hat on technical interpretations about what was a leak and what was classified when.
Given how aggressively the press 'parsed' the former administration's word, this is quite sloppy.