These developments ought to frighten the left. Where would the president’s critics be without anonymous and classified disclosures from CIA analysts, diplomats, and military officers unhappy with the president’s policy? Without these intelligence leaks the public would never have learned that, say, Ahmad Chalabi allegedly fooled the entire American intelligence community into believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Valerie Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, was a leaker when he, acting anonymously, shared his story of a secret trip to Niger with the New Republic. A whole literature devoted to demonizing the neoconservatives is at risk.
The answer is…they haven’t thought that far ahead. They see a way to attack Bush and they’re taking it. Or maybe they think that people are going to look at this and rise up to put them back in power, at which time they can prosecute anyone who leaks their secrets.
Short answer…they’re fools.