Tuesday, May 11, 2004


from the press gaggle---Q The other thing is you mentioned the privacy concerns. What are the privacy concerns?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think there are always privacy issues involved here. I'm not a legal expert, but they would be looking at issues that could involve lawsuits and things of that nature if they got into releasing these pictures. I think you can address those questions to some of the legal authorities over at the Pentagon.

Lawsuits? Privacy concerns. Uh, does he mean sued by the tortured and the families of those killed during torture or by the troops?

A gotcha moment it seems --

Q Does the President believe that anybody other than the individuals who were directly involved in these acts is culpable, not just in a direct sense for the acts, but for whatever breakdown of leadership --

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not going to prejudge investigations that are ongoing at this point. There are investigations that are ongoing to look into all these matters.

Q The President seems to have prejudged Secretary Rumsfeld's role by giving him a very fulsome endorsement.

Ya think?

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