It seems all of the left is abuzz over the possible indictments over the Valerie Plame leak. Who is to be indicted? Who will escape?
It struck me that there is a sublime level of hypocrisy going on here. The outrage over the Plame case is the revealing of her identity to a reporter, and that has lots of people howling in outrage. But what are they using to feed their fury now?
Leaks. From grand jury proceedings. Leaks that are illegal.
The sanctity of the grand jury is one of the foundations of our justice system. What goes on behind those closed doors should remain secret, until such time as it is required to be made public. A lot of things are said and done that could cause a great deal of harm to the innocent, or allow the guilty to escape, if word got out too early.
But in their rush to beat up the Bush administration over alleged violations of secrecy, they’re trampling all over the secrecy of another government institution.
I, personally, have a hard time getting too worked up about the whole thing — I think it’s a huge case of “tempest in a teapot.” But I couldn’t help note the irony, the hypocrisy, the double standard being applied here, and I’d like to see a couple of those people reporting breathlessly on the latest developments to denounce the leakers and demand an investigation into just who is violating the sanctity of the grand jury. The sudden appearance of integrity and consistency would be quite refreshing.