Saturday, July 02, 2005
Oops! The Plame Game: Round Four
It has turned exciting. For those of you
visiting from some alien planet, this refers to the CIA agent Valerie
Plame, married to former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson was sent to
Niger to find out if Iraq had tried to purchase uranium there. He found
no evidence of this, but Bush cited the allegation anyway in his 2003
State of the Union address. Wilson then criticized the Bush
administration for going to war on false grounds...
At the next
round, perhaps in revenge of Wilson's criticisms, someone in the Bush
administration outed Valerie Plame who was at the time a covert agent
by contacting possibly as many as six Washington journalists. Robert
Novak took the bait and wrote about Valerie Plame. This outing probably
cost lives somewhere in the network and certainly destroyed whatever
she was working on at the time. Outing of a CIA covert agent is also
Now to the round three, the one that just ended. The
investigation on the Plame affair has focused on two journalists,
Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper. Miller has refused to name her source
but Time magazine has agreed
to cooperate with the investigation by opening up their files. What is
interesting is that the Special Prosecutor in the case is said to
already know the identity of the leaker(s) in the government. Why then
the effort to get Miller and Cooper reveal their sources?
suggests that this is because of the evidence needed for perjury
conviction. Two witnesses are required for a perjurious statement. So
who is the intended target of all this?
And here is the beginning of round four, the current one. Lawrence O'Donnel, a SNBC analyst said this on last night's McLaughlin Group:
I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but
the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be
revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with
the grand jury."...
Could this possibly be true? Note that Rove has told the FBI in the past that he was not the source of the leak
is hard to believe that Rove would have been careless enough not to
send an underling to do the leaking but perhaps he has grown accustomed
to his untouchability. On the other hand, his untouchability might
protect him even if O'Donnel's statement is true.
This will be most interesting to follow.
[ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES]
Odds and Ends.
Tony Blair himself has confirmed the authenticity of the Downing
Street Memo. The New York Times on the military audience that didn't
clap at the the president's speech. Max speaks about foreign ownership
of US assets and businesses. The Sideshow...
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