This is a time when no amount of cynicism is too much. This is a time for Informed Comment.
The admnistration’s current line of defense is when the President does it, it’s not illegal.
Atrios has the perfect rejoinder:
It’s probably reasonable that the president can declassify whatever he wants, or at least I haven’t really seen an especially strong argument to the contrary, but that doesn’t mean that the president can declassify stuff, show it to Judy Miller, and then turn around claim the stuff is still classified. That’s where this argument falls apart.
The Carpetbagger Report: All of a sudden it’s a scandal again shows how completely the administration’s latest spin conflicts with the previous spin.
I wonder how long before the defense becomes, ‘Cheney said Bush authorized the leak, but in fact he was mistaken on that point.’ Nixon threw Agnew to the wolves. But it didn’t work.
(Here’s the full text of the Special Prosecutor’s filing)
Bonus: David Neiwert challenges the media.