Updated with video
Once again, John Kerry shows the nation why he has no business being anywhere near the White House. Drudge is reporting that Kerry is glad McCarthy leaked classified information.
Former presidential candidate John Kerry has come to the defense of a fired CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information to the press.
“I’m glad she told the truth but she’s going to obviously — if she did it, if she did it, suffer the consequences of breaking the law,’ Kerry explained to ABC THIS WEEK.
ABC ‘THIS WEEK’ HOST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: On another — on another front, excuse me, CIA official Mary McCarthy lost her job this week for disclosing classified information according to the CIA probably about a WASHINGTON POST story which reveal revealed the existence of secret prisons in Europe. A lot of different views. Senator Pat Roberts praised action but some former CIA officers described Mary McCarthy as a sacrificial lamb acting in the finest American tradition by revealing human rights violations. What’s your view?
SEN. KERRY: Well, I read that. I don’t know whether she did it or not so it’s hard to have a view on it. Here’s my fundamental view of this, that you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no one fired from the white house for revealing a CIA agent in order to support a lie. That underscores what’s really wrong in Washington, DC Here.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s one issue of hypocrisy but should a CIA officer be able to make decisions on his or her —
KERRY: … Of course not. Of course, not. A CIA agent has the obligation to uphold the law and clearly leaking is against the law, and nobody should leak. I don’t like leaking. But if you’re leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you, you know, put on that person. Obviously they’re not going to keep their job, but there are other larger issues here. You know, classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was eloquent and forceful in always talking about how we needed to, you know, end this endless declassification that takes place in this city, and it has become a tool to hide the truth from Americans.
STEPHANOPOULOS: These —
SEN. KERRY: So I’m glad she told the truth but she’s going to obviously — if she did it, if she did it, suffer the consequences of breaking the law.
So, Kerry is using the “it’s Bush’s fault!” meme.
And note how Kerry straddled both sides of this issue: he’s glad she broke the law but says she will have to suffer the consequences for breaking the law. His pronouncement that he’s glad McCarthy leaked classified information is particularly sleazy because McCarthy donated $2,000 to Kerry’s 2004 campaign.
Update: The Political Pitbull has the video of Kerry making his remarks. His McCarthy leaking to tell truth vs. White House revealing Plame’s identity to perpetuate a lie comment is so intellectually dishonest it’s sickening.
Update II: Ed Morrissey offers his analysis of what he correctly calls Kerry’s “tortured explanation” of McCarthy’s leak:
While it is touching to see Kerry offer support for a campaign contributor, I suggest that he revisit the law on releasing classified information and just leave his remarks at that. McCarthy had plenty of other options for addressing her concerns, but she chose to expose secret data rather than do her job in protecting it. The White House has the authority to declassify and release information and did so to answer the questions of the media about the true pre-war intelligence estimate of Iraq. That’s not hypocrisy; that is responsiveness, especially since Kerry and his fellow primary candidates had made such an issue of White House “secrecy” all during their campaigns.
Update III: Mark Levin further explains why Kerry is unfit for command:
Not that the truth matters to propagandists, but Plame was not a “CIA agent” and a federal prosecutor has not charged anyone at the White House with leaking her name. Moreover, revealing her name would not have been a crime because, as is now clear, Plame was not undercover. But Kerry continues to repeat this lie because he and his ilk seek to divert attention from the very serious national-security breach committed by his contributor, Mary McCarthy.
Kerry also asserts that McCarthy was telling the truth when she leaked national-security information and that, somehow, she deserves some kind of special dispensation as a result. If we were grading his comprehension, he’d get a D. Do we know all she leaked? We know she revealed the existence of supposed CIA prisons in Europe. But we don’t know if the information she provided Dana Priest was truthful or accurate. And we don’t know what else she may have leaked in her many contacts with the media. And Kerry doesn’t seem the least bit curious about it, either. Moreover, it most cases I would think it is far more damaging to our nation’s security if high officials are leaking truthful information about our war activities.