In the 1981 movie Absence of Malice, starring Paul Newman and Sally Field, Wilford Brimley plays a United States Attorney investigating the disclosure of a criminal investigation that was published in the fictional "Miami Standard" newspaper.
When Brimley is told that the disclosure was a "leak," he responds in classic Brimley form: "A leak? You call what's going on here a leak? Last time we had a leak like this, Noah built himself a boat."
Over at the White House now there appears to be another leak. The story has only begun. Today the news via Reuters is that the White House is not denying that the President authorized Lewis "Scooter" Libby to disclose intelligence on Iraq in 2003.
If American Idol was not down to the final 8 contestants, this story would be a lot bigger.
Someone would actually be questioning whether the behavior of the President was criminal.
Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com
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