<center><h2><a href=http://www.americanprogressaction.org/site/pp.asp?c=klLWJcP7H&b=127982>Shameless Hypocrisy</a></h2></center> <blockquote>Within one day of the politically-timed leak about an investigation into a missing National Archives document, the White House has been caught in a lie about the matter. When the leak first was made public, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "the first we became aware of it was upon seeing the media reports." Today, however, AP reports the "Justice Department notified the office of White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzalez about the probe before news of it leaked to the media Monday." The New York Times quotes an anonymous administration officials who says top Bush aides were informed of the investigation. This is the same Justice Department headed by Attorney General John Ashcroft a man who said on 10/16/03 that "Leaks are a serious matter... if [people] purposefully leak information [they are] suborning the national security in the interests of the United States to some interests of their own." Ashcroft has so far said nothing about his Department's politically timed leak of an investigation that started 10 months ago, but was leaked just 48 hours before the release of the 9/11 Commission report, which is expected to be critical of President Bush.</blockquote> Yet again, the Administration displays its moral bankruptcy and, apparently, revels in it. Another carefully timed leak to distract from issues that the Administration will find embarassing. But the only embarassment here is Dubbyuh's administration and its blatant hypocrisy. Talk tough on the matter of leaks from within the administration, until it is convenient for them to do the leaking.