Callie you do have a point.
It is justified if the ends justify the means... the "right" of him doing so will be retrospective.
What I mean by that is "if we are not ready for it and he does this" it
a) Is "bad" for the current methodology we have - concerning stability (faith in government - letting them do their job with the aces they have being played like no tomorrow)
b) Is a valuable stepping stone for the next evolution of democracy (because it gives us insights proving secrecy isnt doing what we have put faith in it being used for - its being exploited in a way that is against why what we beleive and pay governemnts to see done properly ).
WE ARE PAYING TAX FOR SOMETHING.
Are we getting it ?
How do we know if we are ?
What signs to we look for to indicate we are not ?
I personally lean towards "b" being more releavent.
Some lean towards "a" being more releavent.
For "b" his actions are vital.
Okay.. to use your logic (If I'm following it right), the disclosure of NOC (No Offical Cover) Valerie Plame by sources within the White House to the media was a GOOD thing. Since it was clearly a secret and thus needed to be disclosed.
Okay.. I can refute that easily enough.
1. The disclosure in the media revealed to the world the identity of a real world spy, Valerie Plame. Instantly putting her and her family at risk to the people she had dealt with in the past, since they now had a name and face to put to possible past failures and leaks.
2. As a NOC agent, Plame's job in the CIA was to recruit people to give her information that foreign governments didn't want the US to know. Research into weapons of mass destruction, smuggling of arms/controlled goods, atrocities, negotiations/interactions with terrorists groups and such. Some of these agents did it for money, power, influence, the desire to make their country a better place, and any of a number of reasons from there.
You know what happened to said 'recruits' in some countries in the Middle East and Africa after her name came up? Some, possibly the lucky ones, of the ones that could be linked to her were possibly shot. Others lived short but eventful lives of torture and pain before dying. Others might have seen their family and friends killed before being killed themselves.
All because a 'unneeded' secret, according to you, was revealed. Secrecy is NOT an evil. It isn't always a method of 'covering up the MAN's actions'. Sometimes it is the methods needed to find out the RIGHT things and to SAVE people.
Why was Plame outed? Because her husband, who was unaware of her unofficial role as a NOC for the CIA, was doing his due diligence as an elected official and opposed the US' justification for entering Iraq at that time. Some TOOL in the White House (and I don't think it was 'Scooter' Libby) decided that he was above the rules and protections we give to our agents and their contacts and outed her.
A lot of outrage was given about outing Plame, but the media said little or nothing about what might have happened to the men and women she worked with and who trusted her to keep their identities secret (which according to you isn't 'right').
I'm sorry. It is nice to wish for a world like you think we can have, but the road to it is far from being done. The places you live and go might be in the modern 21st century and ready for it, but the world as a whole isn't much more civilized than what it was in the 1800s on a cultural standard. Anyone who looks into the actions of the Taliban, various groups in Asian and Africa and South America can see a lot of examples of bandit kings gone big thanks to modern weaponry.