Leaker In Chief

Yesterday your president revealed the existence of an illegal, secret CIA gulag where terror suspects were systematically tortured.

There was a time when the Assministration denied the existence of these activities…

Q Do you think we’re spreading democracy when you spy and put out disinformation and do all the things that — secret prisons, and torture?

MR. McCLELLAN: I reject your characterizations wholly. I reject your characterizations wholly. The United States is helping to advance freedom in a dangerous region of the world.

…andthreatened those who revealed them.

Q Does the President know about, and approve of, this probe that’s being announced by the House and Senate of the leak of the story about the CIA secret prisons —

MR. McCLELLAN: I just saw the announcement on that. That was a decision made by the Speaker and the Majority Leader.

Q I want to know what the President thinks about it.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we just found out about it not long ago.

Q Well, does he think that’s a good idea?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that you’ve heard him express his views. The leaking of classified information is a serious matter and ought to be taken seriously. But this is a congressional prerogative, and it was a decision that was made by those leaders, and that’s the way I would describe it.