- - Brooks Atkinson --
Reading the following, you'd think it came from a "Saturday Night Live" skit. But no.
Anonymous US officials push open governmentFrom this point on the government is going to be completely open and aboveboard. No secrets. No obscurity. No darkness. No obfuscation.
By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
Obama administration officials are talking up open government, transparency and accountability, but are doing it anonymously in apparent contradiction of the goal.
Two senior officials briefed reporters on Monday on the eve of the unveiling of President Barack Obama's Open Government Partnership, which seeks to promote responsible leadership and stewardship of natural resources around the world. But under rules set by the State Department, the officials could not be identified by name.
Reporters questioned whether the conditions of the briefing would meet the standard for the partnership but were told by a third senior anonymous official that the conditions were intended to prevent the president from being pre-empted at his own event. [link]
But don't quote me on that. And don't use my name. And if asked, I'll deny it. And please burn your notes once you're done with this. And remember that I didn't say what you think I said. And I'm speaking to you now, so you know, under an assumed name. And could you say it was Bush or Cheney that gave you this information?