Sunday, November 20, 2005

Again, Woodward's sources..........

By Adam Entous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney to national security adviser Stephen Hadley denied being Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's source about CIA operative Valerie Plame, White House officials, lawyers and other sources said on Thursday.

The denials came as Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, called for an inquiry by The Washington Post into the conduct of Woodward, who repeatedly criticized the CIA leak investigation without disclosing his own involvement.

"It certainly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest. He was taking an advocacy position when he was a party to it," Wilson said, joining media critics in questioning the role of one of the best-known investigative reporters in the United States.

Woodward disclosed that he testified under oath on Monday to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that a senior Bush administration official had casually told him in mid-June 2003 about Plame's position at the CIA.

Woodward's testimony appeared to contradict Fitzgerald's assertion that Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was the first official known to have told a reporter about Plame. (No it does not contradict what Fitzgerald said; the operative word being, "KNOWN." in at the time he was holding the press conference.  

Fitzgerald also said that the perjury and obstruction of justice had clouded his vision, just as it was designed to do. Fitzgerald is shooting for conspiracy and my strong hunch is, he will hit the bull's eye.

He is running a classic Mob investigation. That is appropriate. The man, apparently has learned enough to understand with whom he is dealing.

Two White House officials, who insisted on anonymity, said on Thursday that Hadley was not Woodward's source on Plame.

Neither was Cheney nor President George W. Bush, according to current and former officials and their lawyers, none of whom would agree to be identified.

These people also denied that the following officials were Woodward's source: White House political adviser Karl Rove, White House chief of staff Andrew Card, counselor Dan Bartlett, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former CIA director George Tenet and former deputy CIA director John McLaughlin.

Woodward's disclosure could prolong the two-year leak investigation as Fitzgerald pursues new leads drawn from testimony given by Woodward and his source.

Libby's defense team asserted that Woodward's story undercut Fitzgerald's case against Libby, who was indicted in late October on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

That is absolute bullshit! Are they saying that Woodward helped Libby perjure himself and obstruct Justice. (Well...OK, maybe, on the obstruction of justice thingy. After all, Woodward not only withheld information on what could well be considered treason from his own bosses, as well as the grand jury, but he constantly acted as a Fitzgerald critic and an advocate for the liars and obstructers in the administration.)

Wilson, a former ambassador, said in an interview with Reuters that The Washington Post should reveal the name of Woodward's source. He said the paper should conduct an inquiry to determine why Woodward withheld the information for more than two years from his editors and the federal prosecutor.    Continued ..

Thus not informing the electorate before the 2004 election that there was something extremely rotten at 16oo Pennsylvania Ave and, possibly, in agencies of the Executive. That is flat-out dereliction of duty, nothing less.

The Washington Post has a duty to inform the people. I suggest they start now. Better late than never. our country is at stake, for Chrissake!

We do not have time for elitist journalists who think they can cherry pick the news just as their friends in the White House cherry picked the pre-war intelligence.


It is high time that journalists, who protect the powerful instead of the true whistle-blowers, be held accountable.

Fire Woodward!



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