Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Did Bond Leak CIA Torture Info?

On November 2, the Washington Post carried an explosive front-page story about secret Eastern European prisons set up by the CIA for the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert subsequently called for a Congressional investigation into who leaked information to the Post.

Then Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) revealed that the leak likely came from a Senator or Senate staffer.

Speculation now is on which Republican Senator might have been the source of the leak. [here and here] One name that comes up is that of Missouri's Kit Bond. Why? He's one of the nine senators who voted in favor of torture by voting against the McCain amendment.

We kind of hope Bond was the leaker. But as much fun as it is to watch Republicans eat their own, we're disappointed that the story is shifting from the fact that the United States is engaging in torture to who leaked the info.

There is hope as at least one Republican senator gets what's important. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):

Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. The real story is those jails.

Side note: Frist seems to have a memory lapse on whether he actually signed the letter calling for the investigation. Curious how his story changed once it started becoming clear a Republican leaked the information to the WaPo.