Via the Barone Blog:
“Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra last week suspended and denied classified information to the unnamed staffer. According to Republican Rep. Ray LaHood, the staffer requested a copy of the April NIE three days before part of its contents appeared in the New York Times.”
So, we have probable leaker.
Whoever the leaker was, it is obvious the leaker was partisan and part of the string of October surprises launched against Republicans.
The declassified portions of the NIE show that cutting and running would be the about the dumbest strategy to pursue right now, but, the media had a field day with the leaks from a partisan operative.
It is time for the administration to get serious about leakers. If the whole Plame fiasco called for a special prosecutor, a congressional staffer leaking classified information also warrants an investigation.