David Obey Lies to Catch the Leakers
David Obey has resorted to a time-honored trick for discovering the source of leaks.
On Iraq, things have apparently gotten so tense between centrists and liberals in the House Democratic Caucus that Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., has resorted to disinformation tactics.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday on the topic of the Iraq spending bill, Obey said, “I purposely gave several members of our caucus wrong information so that when it appeared in print I could see who the hell was leaking and who wasn’t.”
When a reporter asked if he was serious, Obey replied, “Yes. And so today I know the names of two members who will not be invited to further meetings.”
Obey’s staff was, of course, mum on who those members are. On his overall strategy for the spending bill, the chairman made clear he intends to send a message that “there is an end to our patience on this turkey operation.”
Of course, this is a dual edged sword: 100% of the members of the committee now know they can’t trust David Obey.
Via emailed tip from John Burgess.