Can We Say I-N-C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-T?
Who you ask? Well, the New York Times. Not too long ago with respect to the Plame Game and Patrick Fitzgerald's mess ups the President's Administration asserted as the top executive officer the President has the final say in what is classified and what is not. So, for instance if the President decides to declassify and release a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) he is well within his powers to do so. In fact, this is exactly what happened with respect to the dust-up with Joe Wilson (and Valerie Plame and Scooter Libby et al). The NIE had certain pieces of information and then it was released to rebut Mr. Wilson.
Well, the NYT editorialized shortly after the claim it was not within Presidential Powers to declassify documents. Well now what is the New York Times saying?
So sorry for you NYT, your whimsy fiat is not law.