Tuesday, November 15, 2005

WOODWARD LINKED TO TRAITORGATE

HOLY HELL. Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward -- Mr. Watergate -- testified Monday in the CIA leak scandal. He had a source, a "senior administration official" who told him about Joe Wilson's wife. The source wasn't Karl Rove.

Here's the story that will become Wednesday's talker. Some grafs:
In a more than two-hour deposition, Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald that the official casually told him in mid-June 2003 that Plame worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the information to be classified or sensitive, according to a statement Woodward released yesterday ...

Citing a confidentiality agreement in which the source freed Woodward to testify but would not allow him to discuss their conversations publicly, Woodward and Post editors refused to disclose the official's name or provide crucial details about the testimony. Woodward did not share the information with Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. until last month, and the only Post reporter whom Woodward said he remembers telling in the summer of 2003 does not recall the conversation taking place ...

Woodward's testimony appears to change key elements in the chronology Fitzgerald laid out in his investigation and announced when indicting Libby three weeks ago. It would make the unnamed official -- not Libby -- the first government employee to disclose Plame's CIA employment to a reporter. It would also make Woodward, who has been publicly critical of the investigation, the first reporter known to have learned about Plame from a government source ...

It is unclear what prompted Woodward's original unnamed source to alert Fitzgerald to the mid-June 2003 mention of Plame to Woodward. Once he did, Fitzgerald sought Woodward's testimony, and three officials released him to testify about conversations he had with them. Downie, Woodward and a Post lawyer declined to discuss why the official may have stepped forward this month.
This is bigger than a big deal. Sounds like Woodward's source was Dick Cheney.

3 comments:

John Stone said...

This could be a big deal ... Woodward has tried to make himself look as objective as he used to be (within the Woodward limits, of course), but he has been awfully cosy and non-critical of this administration.

Rumor is Cheney will step down afte the elections, "for health reasons". I am surprised he doesn't want to spend more time with his family.

DocLarry said...

Nope, can't spend more time with his family. That would mean hanging with a lesbian. And her partnet. Neocons can't have that.

Anonymous said...

How in hell is it a "rumor" that Cheney will step down after the elections? The constitution says he HAS TO step down. By then, he will have served the maximum permissible two terms as President!