Mark Steyn’s pre-indictment take on Plamegate

Saturday, October 29th, 2005 9:29 pm by Neal

On October 27, the day before the indictment against Libby was announced, Mark Steyn had this to say to Hugh Hewitt on the whole affair:

HH: Let me ask…we’ve got a minute left. The Plame affair, and alleged indictments. What’s your prediction on this?

MS: Well, I would hope that there are no indictments, because I don’t see that there is anything significant about the Valerie Plame leak that makes this leak so much more important than all the other leaks that have come out…the CIA has been leaking against this president for years, for example. I don’t understand why leaking the name of Valerie Plame, which isn’t a crime, should be the most important leak ever to come out. The real issue here is that Joe Wilson should never have been sent to Niger on that mission in the first place. The president was right on this. British intelligence, French intelligence, and even a former prime minister of Niger agree that Saddam Hussein was trying to acquire uranium from Niger. Why have we got into a huge criminal investigation, defending some obscure matter relating to the spouse of a buffoon, and an unqualified fraud who basically lied about everything he discovered in Niger?

Well said. Despite the indictment that followed on Friday, it’s much ado about nothing.

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