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Friday, July 15, 2005

Future Required Reading

Posted by on July 15 at 8:30 AM

The new CIA-leak-gate scoops that I’ve posted below are sure to drive today’s White House briefing to new heights of contentiousness. Already this week we’ve seen some pretty off-the-charts exchanges between pissed off reporters and the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, who seems clearly to have misled reporters and the public on this story for two years.

I take this paragraph, from today’s NYT scoop, as a warning directly from the NYT to McClellan to get ready for more of the same, if not worse, at today’s press briefing:

The Rove-Novak exchange also leaves Mr. McClellan, the White House spokesman, in an increasingly awkward situation. Two years ago he repeatedly assured reporters that neither Mr. Rove nor several other administration officials were responsible for the leak.

We’ve been posting juicy bits of the briefings all week, and will bring you your required dose of briefing bitterness today as well… Stand by.