A huge difference

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:17 p.m.
What's the difference between Plamegate and Spygate?
Plamegate refers to the public outing, by columnist Robert Novak, of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. Novak cited Bush Administration officials as his sources.
That probably means the comedy troupe of Cheney, Rove and Libby. So far, only "Scooter" Libby has been indicted, but the investigation continues and I've got my fingers crossed.
Spygate is the shocking revelation - in the New York Times - that President Dubya was (is?) conducting warrantless surveillances in clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
Who leaked this information we don't yet know. We'll just call him/her Deep Throat for now.
Okay, so what's the difference? In both cases secret information was leaked to the press with intent to do political damage. If the Plamegate leakers committed a crime, isn't Deep Throat just as guilty?
Valerie Plame didn't break any Federal laws or violate any amendments to the Constitution. By tapping phones without a warrant, Dubya did both. It isn't a crime to blow the whistle on a lawbreaker.
Robert Raulerson, Gainesville

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