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2005.11.16

Does Fitzgerald need a do-over on Plamegate?

Woodward Was Told of Plame More Than Two Years Ago

Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official 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 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.

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Woodward said he also testified that he met with Libby on June 27, 2003, and discussed Iraq policy as part of his research for a book on President Bush's march to war. He said he does not believe Libby said anything about Plame.

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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.

[Read the whole thing here. Hat tip: Captain Ed.]


Got that people? Scooter Libby was not the first person to tell a reporter that Lyin' Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA. It seems to me that sort of makes the Plamegate thing a whole new ballgame. It's going to be interesting, to say the least, to see where things go from here. Will Fitzgerald now decide he needs to jail Woodard until he reveals his source, who by the way didn't break any laws to begin with?

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Read the text of Woodward's Public Statement here.

Blogger reax around the 'sphere: Joe Strupp, Betsy Newmark, Tom Maguire, A J Strata, Sister Toldjah, James Joyner, Mark Tapscott, Paul at Wizbang. Decision '08 has two great posts, here and here.

Posted by Bill Faith on November 16, 2005 at 02:14 AM | Permalink


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Woodward already has revealed his source to the Grand Jury through the deposition -- he just won't reveal it to his readers. It is possible that the source was even higher than Libby and Rove. Who does that leave? So rather than undercut the investigation, it makes it more serious. Think before you write.

Posted by: JPatriot | Nov 16, 2005 6:50:34 AM

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