John Kerry was actually speaking about the fired-for-leaking-classified-information-CIA-analyst, Mary McCarthy, the Democrat appointee of a man who pled guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents and who also served as Kerry’s own presidential campaign adviser on foreign policy and national security, when he said:
“If you’re leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you . . . put on that person.”
…but his point supports the Bush administration in the Plame non-scandal, as well Afterall, a bipartisan Senate committee already found that Wilson lied about who sent him and what he found. And despite the fact that the information was declassified, and thus incapable of being “leaked”, the administration was simply “telling the truth” about who sent Wilson to Niger. According to John Kerry, this is a mitigating factor.
But make no mistake, Kerry was firmly against this leak… before he was for it.