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July 05, 2005

One strangeness after another

Stranger and stranger....

The hunt for whoever broke federal law by revealing that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent has always been somewhat bizarre.

First, the special prosector investigating the leak has leaned hardest on two reporters -- Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matt Cooper of Time magazine -- who never published anything naming Plame. Both may be in jail before the week is out for refusing to name the source(s) they may have talked to about the subject.

Time, in an unusual move, decided to hand over Cooper's notes and emails on the topic, over Cooper's objections. Several people who claim to know say those notes/emails will show that Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove is the person who fingered Plame as a CIA operative. Here's MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on the topic: Three questions for Karl Rove's lawyer

Today, Editor & Publisher, a leading newspaper industry magazine, published a column by University of Massachusetts journalism professor Bill Isreal arguing that in this case the media's generally sound policy against giving up confidential sources should be waived. His reasoning: , Rove is using journalists and the First Amendment to "camouflage breaking the law."

In the meantime, of course, Robert Novak, the aging columnist who has turned into just another cog in the Republican propaganda machine and who is the man who made Plame's name public, has either escaped the prosecutorial microscope or gave up his "high administration" sources without a wimper. Neither he nor anyone else is saying which.

From the time Plame's affiliatiion with the CIA became public in 2003, the widespread assumption has been that it was a revenge move against Joseph Wilson, her husband and a former U. S. ambassador who challenged key parts of the Bush administration's flimsy case for going to war with Iraq.

I'm looking foward to the report from the special prosecutor in the hope that it will make sense of things that make none now.

Posted by jcb at July 5, 2005 04:53 PM


There are some interesting tidbits in an article in today's WaPo. The most tantalizing is that it may have been reporters who told government officials that Wilson was married to a CIA employee, not the other way around. If true, what a hoot! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/05/AR2005070500788.html

Posted by: paladin at July 6, 2005 12:14 PM

Isn't it a snarly problem when a pro-Bush mouthpiece reporter goes to jail to hide the breaking of a Bush I law by a Bush II Rasputin? Should she have immunity when she is a shill?

Posted by: toby at July 7, 2005 02:51 PM