It is not criminal to lie to the press.
Whether it's Cheney, 'sources close to the investigation', or Wilson.
More: There's something else to keep in mind.
Not only is there fibbing, lying, spin, and misrepresentation, there is also disinformation for a purpose.
Everything we know about Valery is from the press, and a little about her involvement in Joe's being sent to Niger from the SSCI report.
Even the 'fact' that she's not worked outside the country in over 5 years could be disinformation. Nobody official has confirmed it.
It's stuff like that which is keeping everyone on edge. Because very little we think we know about this whole affair do we actually know.
And I'm not implying that we should be super cynical about everything we read. We have to build our own narratives from the only sources available to us, and the majority of facts we come across can be independently verified.
So that's not really so much of a problem.
It is the situations where there's no real method of independently verifying something where we can be misled.
From today's Lectionary: The Lord is my shepherd
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