All good points. taken
1. It is important to determine whether or not she is in fact a covert classified operative of the CIA. If she is, it's further important to determine if the individuals who released her name knew that she was a covert classified agent.
Does anyone know if the law forbidding disclosure distinguish a CIA "operative" vis a vis a "analyst" Kinda doubt it but i'd love more detail.
3. The CIA routinely passes along these sort of inquiries to the Justice Department (as many as 50-60 a year).
Very true. the problem in this case was it looks like there was a clear and present link between the "16 word lie" and political revenge. I highly doubt the other 49-59 inquires involve things of this nature.
5. The Justice Department is in fact the agency responsible for this task, and is adequately equipped to undertake it.
True. But but mcclellonds(sp) own words state the justice department, in 10 weeks to date, has not taken any steps toward that end.
I think point 5 will be what the "right" and the WH is going to use over and over. Its the sort of "define sexual relations" type of non-denial denial of this scandal.
During the clinton 8 years there were calls from the right for and independant counsel whenever Clinton sneezed incorrectly. They are now saying Justice can do that job but balked at Janet Reno saying she could not be objective. Yet John ashcroft can be? Not.
Getting back to the waiting for Justice thing. My point would be, Shouldn't any Admin that came into washington stating the restoration of "Honesty and Integrity" be the first to investigate OR at the very least start asking those within the WH point blank. Did you leak this yes or No?
Doesn't take a Justice Dept. to do that...