- ** World Exclusive **
- WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is facing the most massive leak
of classified foreign policy documents since the publication of the Pentagon
papers more than two decades ago during the Vietnam war, the DRUDGE REPORT
- "The impeachment proceedings are
going to have seemed like a picnic, before we get though with this,"
said one White House official.
- The papers, totaling more than 20,000
pages, according to sources who have read them, include a history of the
secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, describing the failed
policy of trying to buy off North Korea to forego its nuclear weapons policy.
They describe in great detail the intelligence and policy failures that
led to the detonations of nuclear weapons by India and Pakistan this year.
- Most embarrassing, the papers appear
to corroborate, according to sources who have read them, allegations by
a former U.N. arms inspector that the Clinton administration concealed
from Congress and the public details regarding Saddam Hussein's ambitious
program to develop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
- The papers also reveal new details on
the Clinton policy towards China in which the White House allowed ballistic
missile technology exports to China at the behest of wealthy Democratic
- News of the massive leak of classified
foreign policy documents caught senior White House officials by surprise
on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend... MORE
- Two Washington newspaper editors have
reviewed the papers, which have been obtained by left-wing reporter Murray
- Waas has been holding the documents close,
according to one media insider. Some in Washington speculate that Waas
does not want to write a major expose about the Clinton administration
in the midst of the impeachment hearings, fueling the flames for conservatives.
- The new leaks appear to be indicative
of deep dissatisfaction within the foreign policy establishment regarding
- There have been other unprecedented leaks
as well: most notably, a James Risen story in the NEW YORK TIMES earlier
this week about the disregarding of a CIA assessment of Russian corruption
by Vice President Al Gore. Some see an organized attempt by dissidents
to discredit the Clinton foreign policy.
- Ironically, the Clinton White House might
have a hard time attacking one of their favorite reporters: During the
1992 presidential campaign, both Clinton and Gore often praised Waas exclusives
exposing the Bush administration's Iraq policy, which involved the leaks
of thousands of pages of classified papers regarding the Gulf war.