17 October 2003

Bush orders officials to stop the leaks

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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