Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: Bob Woodward testifies in Libby case
I agree, it is a very odd situation. And I just heard
something about Libby's lawyers saying Woodward's
statement is not totally true. I don't know the
details on what they're saying.
--- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:
> I think this is most amusing...or amazing...what
> great spy writer
> could ever have a manuscript that would rival this
> real-life one?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon
> <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
> > http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-
> >=== message truncated ===
> > Woodward was told of Plame more than two years ago
> > By Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig
> > THE WASHINGTON POST
> > November 16, 2005, 7:59 AM EST
> > WASHINGTON -- Washington Post Assistant Managing
> > Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in
> > CIA leak case that a senior administration
> > told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her
> > position at the agency nearly a month before her
> > identity was disclosed.
> > 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
> > worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass
> > destruction, and that he did not believe the
> > information to be classified or sensitive,
> > to a statement Woodward released yesterday.
> > Fitzgerald interviewed Woodward about the
> > undisclosed conversation after the official
> > the prosecutor to it on Nov. 3 -- one week after
> > President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis
> > Libby, was indicted in the investigation.
> > Citing a confidentiality agreement in which the
> > freed Woodward to testify but would not allow him
> > discuss their conversations publicly, Woodward and
> > Post editors refused to disclose the official's
> > or provide crucial details about the testimony.
> > Woodward did not share the information with
> > Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. until
> > month, and the only Post reporter whom Woodward
> > he remembers telling in the summer of 2003 does
> > recall the conversation taking place.
> > Woodward said he also testified that he met with
> > on June 27, 2003, and discussed Iraq policy as
> part of
> > his research for a book on President Bush's march
> > war. He said he does not believe Libby said
> > about Plame.
> > He also told Fitzgerald that it is possible he
> > Libby about Plame or her husband, former
> > Joseph C. Wilson IV. He based that testimony on an
> > 18-page list of questions he planned to ask Libby
> > an interview that included the phrases
> > and "Joe Wilson's wife." Woodward said in his
> > statement, however, that "I had no recollection"
> > mentioning the pair to Libby. He also said that
> > original government source did not mention Plame
> > name, referring to her only as "Wilson's wife."
> > Woodward's testimony appears to change key
> elements in
> > the chronology Fitzgerald laid out in his
> > investigation and announced when indicting Libby
> > weeks ago. It would make the unnamed official --
> > Libby -- the first government employee to disclose
> > Plame's CIA employment to a reporter. It would
> > make Woodward, who has been publicly critical of
> > investigation, the first reporter known to have
> > learned about Plame from a government source.
> > The testimony, however, does not appear to shed
> > light on whether Libby is guilty of lying and
> > obstructing justice in the nearly two-year-old
> > or provide new insight into the role of senior
> > adviser Karl Rove, who remains under
> > Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Rove, said that Rove
> > not the unnamed official who told Woodward about
> > and that he did not discuss Plame with Woodward.
> > William Jeffress Jr., one of Libby's lawyers, said
> > yesterday that Woodward's testimony undermines
> > Fitzgerald's public claims about his client and
> > questions about what else the prosecutor may not
> > Libby has said he learned Plame's identity from
> > Tim Russert.
> > "If what Woodward says is so, will Mr. Fitzgerald
> > say he was wrong to say on TV that Scooter Libby
> > the first official to give this information to a
> > reporter?" Jeffress said last night. "The second
> > question I would have is: Why did Mr. Fitzgerald
> > indict Mr. Libby before fully investigating what
> > reporters knew about Wilson's wife?"
> > Fitzgerald has spent nearly two years
> > whether senior Bush administration officials
> > leaked classified information -- Plame's identity
> as a
> > CIA operative -- to reporters to discredit
> > made by Wilson. Plame's name was revealed in a
> > 14, 2003, column by Robert D. Novak, eight days
> > Wilson publicly accused the administration of
> > intelligence to justify the Iraq war. Fitzgerald's
> > spokesman, Randall Samborn, declined to comment
> > yesterday.
> > Woodward is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative
> > reporter and author best known for exposing the
> > Watergate scandal and keeping secret for 30 years
> > identity of his government source "Deep Throat."
> > "It was the first time in 35 years as a reporter
> > I have been asked to provide information to a
> > jury," he said in the statement.
> > Downie said The Post waited until late yesterday
> > disclose Woodward's deposition in the case in
> hopes of
> > persuading his sources to allow him to speak
> > Woodward declined to elaborate on the statement he
> > released to The Post late yesterday afternoon and
> > publicly last night. He would not answer any
> > questions, including those not governed by his
> > confidentiality agreement with sources.
> > According to his statement, Woodward also
> > about a third unnamed source. He told Fitzgerald
> > he does not recall discussing Plame with this
> > when they spoke on June 20, 2003.
> > It is unclear what prompted Woodward's original
> > unnamed source to alert Fitzgerald to the mid-June