Having taken a beating from the left over the prewar intelligence probe’s second phase, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is now hearing it from the right over his urging that Congress let the Justice Department first investigate the leak of classified documents that led to The Washington Post story about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh and others are demanding that Congress take a bicameral look at the leak immediately. But Roberts’ reticence is prudent and consistent with his preferred order of probes into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name. The unfair attacks on Roberts also miss the point: The real potential for outrage isn’t that the prisons’ existence was leaked. It’s that the prisons apparently exist.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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