He warned of action if anonymous sources were quoted, a senior aide said. Visiting senators also heard a stern line.
Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush - living up to his recent declaration that he is in charge - told his top officials to 'stop the leaks' to the media, or else.
News of Bush's order leaked almost immediately.
Evidently the president is a fan of Yes, minister:
The ship of state, Bernard, is the only ship that leaks from the top.
Sir Humphrey, The Bed of Nails
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