Carol Platt Liebau: Probing the Leak

Friday, December 30, 2005

Probing the Leak

Good. The Justice Department is going to conduct a leak investigation about the unauthorized disclosure of information that actually has damaged national security.

In other news, the child of the ridiculous Plame/Wilson couple told reporters that "my daddy's famous, my mommy's a spy." This was during an airport interview, mind you, that Joe Wilson offered a reporter. Interesting that this was the small child's take on the matter. Gives a peek, no doubt, into what he's heard at home.


Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol, the Bush Adminsitration knew of the leak a year ago and did nothing about it until it became a public embarrassment to them.

Oh well, politics over national security. Just what we've come to expect from this President and his minions.

Bushie, you're doing a heckuva job.

9:44 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Hi Carol -- Happy new year in advance, and thanks for the good blog.

If I could put a more serious spin on what I concur is an otherwise ridiculous story, consider the standpoint of the boy. I am the father of two girls, ages 6 and 4, so this perspective is not lost on me.

I have begun to explain to the girls to stay away from certain people, and otherwise "target-harden" them from creeps.

One such cardinal rule I have is that we never keep secrets. If someone tells you that something is a special secret or somesuch, then tell tell tell!

Telling you to keep a special secret is a common way for adults to start doing nasty things.

Well, this past Christmas, our older girl blabbed to her grandmother that she was about to get a purse from me as a gift. The grandma was initially upset, but I was nothing of the sort.

Rules are rules: I said the gift was a secret. My daughter was in doubt, and when in doubt, she told. The system worked, Mr. Bigglesworth!

Now consider the life of this lad. What must be an unusually complicated life this must be for a five year old boy.

If the parents are responsible (in fairness, we have no reason to believe otherwise), they must have had similar target-hardening conversations. In fact, as a couple who is so high-profile (and I'm - um, not), they have all the more reasons to have these chats.

So there they are, in public. People are asking them questions, out in the open, and the child may has been coached that he should never keep a secret. He blabs.

Yeah, it was an embarassment. (Here's a leak: The "embarassment" ship has sailed.) Better still would be if the mother and father just never told him the truth about her line of work (at least till Novak's column).

But hey, if the tyke is in doubt about a secret, he blabbed. I applaud him.

2:16 PM  

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