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Bush / Intelligence Leak #825017

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 06, 2006
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) Accusations that President Bush authorized the leaking of intelligence before the war in Iraq examined; details given about the sworn grand jury testimony by Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby that he received approval from the president in July 2003 to leak the national intelligence estimates to "New York Times" reporter Judith Miller to back the case for Iraq's weaponry. [October 7, 2003 & another time, BUSH - opposes leaks in Washington.] [Former ambassador to Iraq Joseph WILSON†- comments on the leaking of intelligence for political purposes.] [Former Solicitor General Walter DELLINGER†- comments on the president's executive authority.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The unique nature of the formal declassification of intelligence by the president to a single reporter discussed; details given of the reaction of Democratic Representative Jane Harman.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Raddatz, Martha;
Stephanopoulos, George

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