Marine Corps accuses Murtha of lying about Haditha briefings

posted at 4:53 pm on August 4, 2006 by Allahpundit

They question the timing. Literally:

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps briefed Rep. John Murtha on the Haditha case after the vocal war critic publicly said Marines had killed innocent civilians in that Iraqi city, the Corps said on Thursday…

Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, is being sued by one of the accused Marines for libel. He had told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Gen. Michael Hagee had given him the information on which he based his charge that Marines killed innocent civilians.

But a spokesman for the Marine Corps said Hagee briefed Murtha on May 24 about Haditha. Murtha had made comments on the case as early as May 17.

Why did Hagee wait so long to reveal this? Clarice Feldman has a theory.

I don’t want to draw rolled eyes. But think about it.

Three days old and that libel suit’s already paying dividends. Mmmmmm, that’s good lawyering.

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There are few things that would make me feel better than seeing Murtha get his but the fact is that a libel suit is a bitch and a half to win in this country.

thegreatbeast on August 4, 2006 at 5:27 PM

BOHICA! Wun, Jack, Wun!

bdfaith on August 4, 2006 at 6:11 PM

Don’t matter if the marine wins the suit if it helps bring Murtha down.

docdave on August 4, 2006 at 6:45 PM

Congressman Murtha, meet the Health Inspector.

Kid from Brooklyn on August 4, 2006 at 6:50 PM

Was he a little ahead of the news cycle?

Schmuck, he was ahead of the truth cycle, or way outside the truth cycle.

shooter on August 4, 2006 at 7:47 PM

Hey, there is no reason to be slaming General Hagee here.

purpleslog on August 4, 2006 at 9:27 PM

You may not recall this, but after the LAT claimed Hagee had briefed Murtha *before* Murtha opened his piehole on May 17, I wrote the LAT’s Readers Rep to ask her whether that was really true — because I couldn’t find any evidence that Hagee had briefed *anyone* before May 17.

I never posted the whole unsatisfying exchange, but the upshot was that she said that the report was accurate because Murtha had been briefed. I responded by noting that she hadn’t said Murtha had been briefed by *Hagee*. As I recall, she never answered the direct question, but maintained the article was accurate.

Looks like it wasn’t, after all.

Looks like they never checked with Hagee. Despite my specific question.

Looks like I’ll be posting that e-mail exchange after all.

And I have a few more questions . . .

Patterico on August 4, 2006 at 9:28 PM

Why did Hagee wait so long to reveal this?

To sandbag Murtha. Why else?

Murtha is now exposed as a liar by an impecable witness, the Comandant. And he’s going to be under severe pressure to identify his *real* source (and that’s before discovery forces it out in the open anyway).

And, it’s quite likely that the “source” is going to decide that he is NOT going to take a fall for Murtha (for disclosing confidential information that violated the accused’s rights) and deny he told Murtha any such thing — and how is Murtha going to prove otherwise?

The SSGT in question is NOT a “public figure” and the high wall that protects disclosures about public figures will not be applicable. And discovery (for Murtha) is going to be a real bitch, I predict.

The stories in the news purporting to be “leaks” that a charge of murder is coming could very well be a ploy by the media to SUPPORT Murtha. We will have to wait and see if there is an charge and article 32 hearing, who is charged, and what the charge is.

Murtha is finished if the Marines (especially the SSGT in charge) are not charged with murder, because the defamation suit will stick to him like stink on you know what.

My 2 cents and my humble, ignorant, unimportant, opinion.

georgej on August 4, 2006 at 9:34 PM

Son of a… Shades of Cigarman! Doesn’t it just figure that this truth [not associated with the NY Times] comes out on a Friday [Thursday night if you want to be picky], THE slowest news day of the week? This is SO reminicent of the Slick Willie scandal reports. [Like anyone will hear about this anytime soon.] It would be so sweet to see Murtha trying to explain the new mess he is in on the Sunday talk shows, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for that.

How was that for questioning the timing?

The good news is that another relavtion into the Persecution of those Heroes, by Murtha and his friends, has found the light of day. Time to push for their release, IMHO.

As for the lawsuit, I would hope that a Congressman would be held to a higher standard, but seeing how Flipper just got off I would have to be delusional to think that justice could be done in this case even with the smell of conspiracy now clinging to the suit.

DannoJyd on August 5, 2006 at 12:37 AM

As usual, in order for Democrats to appease their moonbat fanatic base, they are always lying and making crap up… the truth or facts just don’t fit into their liberal agenda!

Then they use ironic phrases like “truth to power” to make themselves feel better. Need to know the cause? just go here and see what a majority of the Democrat base looks like!

Bob Mileti on August 5, 2006 at 6:07 AM

The problem lies in the fact, that in order for Democrats to appeal to their mo0onbat base, they have to lie and make crap up, just to stay in office. Their lunitic fringe, which is growing thanks to Al Gore inventing the internet, is only making it worse – or better depending on how you look at it. Moonbats love to be lied to… look it’s August and their still waiting for Fitzmas! Go to the DU
if you really want to see who the democrat base looks like! All I’ll say is 69%!

Bob Mileti on August 5, 2006 at 6:16 AM

The problem lies in the fact, that in order for Democrats to appeal to their mo0onbat base, they have to lie and make crap up, just to stay in office. Their lunitic fringe, which is growing thanks to Al Gore inventing the internet, is only making it worse – or better depending on how you look at it. Moonbats love to be lied to… look it’s August and their still waiting for Fitzmas! Go to the DU if you really want to see who the democrat base looks like! All I’ll say is 69%!

Bob Mileti on August 5, 2006 at 6:17 AM

Fantastic Patterico! I hope the exchange gets its due publicity and the LAT is forced not to bull—- any longer -

RD on August 5, 2006 at 9:19 PM