The Bush Administration seemed powerless to stop the steady stream of leaks from the CIA, Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon throughout the 2004 Presidential campaign and beyond. Every leak was designed to undermine the President. The decision to take down Saddam was seen as a golden opportunity to destroy the Bush Presidency. It was not as if the Clintonistas didn’t see Saddam as a danger to US interests; the Clinton administration had made it a national policy to replace Saddam but Clinton lacked the guts to do it. The Clintonistas simply think destroying Bush is more important than defeating radical Islam and the regimes that support the radicals.

The administration seemed to be forced into the decision to appoint a special prosector to investigate the Plame leak. Despite the fact that no one, least of all Fitzgerald, has produced any evidence that a crime was committed, the investigation went ahead. The MSM applauded the deal and the left, exemplified by Joe Wilson’s vision of Karl Rove being frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs, salivated. But this investigation has had some benefits for the administration. Reporters found they were no longer above the law when it came to identifying leakers. The MSM is slowly coming to realize that leakers and those who publish national security secrets are in danger of prosecution. But, they cannot claim unfair treatment; it was, after all, the MSM that insisted on identifying who leaked Plame’s identity.

Is the firing of Mary McCarthy related to the Plame Blame Game? Some bloggers have found intruiging links. Just One Minute notes that Wilson and McCarthy both served on the National Security Council from June 1997 to July 1998. Via Flopping Aces and Free Republic, we find that McCarthy was a member of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her bio, as it was published by CSIS, reads:

Prior to joining CSIS in August 2001, Mary O. McCarthy was a senior policy adviser to the CIA’s deputy director for science and technology. Until July 2001, she served as special assistant to the president and senior director for intelligence programs on the National Security Council (NSC) Staff, under both Presidents Clinton and Bush. From 1991 until her appointment to the NSC, McCarthy served on the National Intelligence Council. She began her government service as an analyst, then manager, in CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, holding positions in both African and Latin American analysis. From 1979 to 1984 she was employed by BERI, S.A., conducting financial, operational, and political risk assessments for multinational companies and banks. Previously she had taught at the University of Minnesota and was director of the Social Science Data Archive at Yale University. McCarthy has a B.A. and M.A. in history from Michigan State University, an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Social Change and the Growth of British Power in the Gold Coast (University Press of America, 1983).

Her fellow experts at CSIS include Bush-hater Zbigniew Brzezinski, Rumsfeld-hater Anthony Zinni, former Republican Senator and Clinton Defense Secretary William Cohen, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger. She moved in high-powered circles and that makes her a big fish. Perhaps the most delicious prospect is that she was hooked passing on bogus information, as Right wing Nuthouse explains.

Was she connected to the Plame Blame Game plot? Pobably not in the genesis of the plot, but likely in the referral of this bogus leak to the DOJ, as AJStrata notes. Whatever, the Mary McCarthy prison leak affair promises to be much more fun than the Plame Blame Game, much to the discomfiture of Clintonistas everywhere.