Weatherford Democrat

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June 2, 2013

Letter to the Editor – June 2, 2013

Some people missing the real story in AP/FBI probe

Dear Editor,

The misinformation being presented regarding this administration’s unwarranted investigation of the Associated Press is astounding.

As noted by the Washington Post in a May 15 article:

“For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day.

“The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday.

“AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon.”

This administration’s breach of the AP’s constitutional protections involves no issues of “leaks,” exposure of “national security secrets.” “federal crimes” or “traitorous acts” but rather the resentment of an administration denied the chance to trumpet its actions.

Despite the claims of certain parties, neither then-Vice President Dick Cheney nor Mr. Libby was involved in the exposure of Valerie Plame as an agent of the CIA. It was Richard Armitage, deputy Secretary of State, who, by his own admission revealed Ms. Plame’s identity to Robert Novak – a fact known both by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald before Mr. Libby was prosecuted for having a less than perfect memory.

The AP/FBI story is important, not because of any purported malfeasance on the part of the AP but rather as an example of the thuggish and tyrannical nature of an administration willing and eager to use the heavy hand of government to harass those who do not submit to its dictates.

Sincerely,

William Picou, Weatherford

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