without knowing all the details, i sort of fail to see the scandal here -- at least, any new scandal beyond what has already been established in the libby affair. leaving aside libby's alleged lying to the grand jury, i fail to see the big deal with selective leaking of classified information from something like the NIE on Iraq (as opposed to say, classified info that protects a covert CIA operative). if you read any of the national papers with any regularity, you know how often classified information is given to the press. and so what if libby's superiors authorized him to leak? it may not be right (i, for one, would prefer a vast reduction in the amount of classified material), but it is well established pattern of WH behavior. previous administrations have even had designated leakers.