Marine Corps accuses Murtha of lying about Haditha briefings

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.