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Then who[?][?][?][?], Suddenly, this got more interesting.

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WASHINGTON - Vice President Cheney's former top aide, indicted last month on perjury and obstruction charges, reviewed documents Wednesday at a federal courthouse.



Accompanied by his legal team, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby walked into the courthouse without the crutches that he'd been using during a court appearance two weeks ago when he pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the CIA leak investigation.

Libby's visit to the courthouse came hours The Washington Post reported that at least one senior Bush administration official — who was not identified — told editor Bob Woodward about CIA operative Valerie Plame about a month before her identity was publicly exposed.

The newspaper reported that Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of Plame's identity, that the official talked to him about Plame in mid-June 2003. Woodward and editors at the Post refused to identify the official to reporters other than to say it was not Libby.


Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Karl Rove's legal team, said Rove was not the official who talked to Woodward. Rove is a top deputy to President Bush and was referred to, but not by name, in Libby's indictment, as having discussed Plame's identity with reporters.


Libby was indicted last month on one charge of obstruction of justice and two counts each of false statement and perjury in connection with Fitzgerald's investigation.

Plame's husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had criticized U.S. intelligence efforts before the Iraq war. On June 23, Libby told New York Times reporter Judith Miller that Wilson's wife might work at the CIA. Robert Novak, in a column published July 14, identified Plame, as a CIA operative.


Woodward's testimony in a two-hour deposition Monday would mean that another White House official told a reporter about Plame before Libby revealed her identity to Miller. A spokesman for White House adviser Karl Rove told the Post that Rove did not discuss Plame with Woodward.


William Jeffress Jr., one of Libby's lawyers, told the Post that Woodward's testimony raises questions about his client's indictment. "Will Mr. Fitzgerald now say he was wrong to say on TV that Scooter Libby was the first official to give this information to a reporter?" Jeffress said.

Woodward, famous for his investigation with Carl Bernstein of the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration, is now assistant managing editor of the Post. In October, he was dismissive of the outing of Plame, telling CNN's Larry King that the damage from her exposure was "quite minimal."

On Wednesday, Woodward apologized for not telling his boss, Washington Post's executive editor Leonard Downie Jr., about his being among the journalists who were told about Plame's identity, even as the investigation morphed into a national scandal.

Woodward held back the information because he wanted to protect his sources and because he was worried about being subpoenaed in the inquiry, according to the newspaper's Web site.

"I hunkered down. I'm in the habit of keeping secrets," Woodward said. "I didn't want anything out there that was going to get me subpoenaed."

Meanwhile, The Associated Press on Wednesday joined other news organizations in asking U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to deny a court motion by Fitzgerald for a blanket protective order keeping all pretrial evidence in Libby's case out of public view.

The special prosecutor is seeking a court order that would prohibit Libby and his legal team from publicly disclosing "all materials produced by the government."


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No comments from political pundits on this topic. All the shows on MSNBC/Fox are concentrating on this story and there is no excitement on BW..!! Rather strange.

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Are you surprised? It doesn't fit the agenda.
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Are you surprised? It doesn't fit the agenda.
Careful what you wish for, what agenda are you refering to?
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Woodward's testimony in a two-hour deposition Monday would mean that <b>another White House official told a reporter</b> about Plame before Libby revealed her identity to Miller. A spokesman for White House adviser Karl Rove told the Post that Rove did not discuss Plame with Woodward.
It looks like it fits kvining's agenda perfectly.
Instead of just Rove (see firtmb's post to the effect that Rove was spoken of but not named as the leak), and instead of Scooter (who has told about Plame to Miller), there is yet someone else "<b>another White House official</b>"
So instead of a rogue couple of rottens, discredit appears to be a policy at this white house.
Fits the agenda great I'd say, the list of names is just getting longer. At this point, even the French pastry chef should be suspected, and the scottish terrier should be put down as preventive measure.

I think kvining has not replied, out of respect for the conservative members who post here. He hates to come out with the "I tol you so" line.

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The entire white house must be unethical!
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Following names are being discussed as the possible source:

Andy Card
Ari Fleischer
Dick Cheney
Steven Hadley (Dont know who he is??)


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Hey, I love this story. I think it was Cheney. He's an obsessive freak who is just plain nuts when it comes to revenge. The best part of this? The investigation doesn't die. Nothing sweeter than keeping in the news "Administration officials investigated for outing CIA agent". Let's hope it stays there until election day, and keeps the revelations of this criminal Mafia running this country on the front pages where it belongs.

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analyst, not covert agent.
The Agency re-classified her actual status long ago.
I just love how the same three stock paragraphs get in all of the stories about "Seinfield-gate"

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More stupid propaganda. The Grand Jury that has been investigating the case confirmed she fits the legal definition of a covert agent under the law.

It's fun to see you guys reduced to defending felons and perjurers using semantics and hair-splitting bullshit. Being reduced to posting Washington Times Editorials has got to hurt - who wrote that one, Reverend Moon, or one of his "wives"?

The Plame affair has exposed this White House for what it is - men who will not stop at treason itself to achieve their aims.



Washington Times owner Moon being crowned by Republican politicians at fund raising dinner that later became a scandal.

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