The Plame Blame Game

The Plame Blame Game: More on the Who Said What When, and to Whom Investigation

by Joshua Frank

Karl Rove could be in a lot of trouble if what journalist Murray Waas has written is true. In a web exclusive for the American Prospect, Waas contends "Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper during Rove's first interview with the FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter…. The omission by Rove created doubt for federal investigators, almost from the inception of their criminal probe into who leaked Plame's name to columnist Robert Novak, as to whether Rove was withholding crucial information from them, and perhaps even misleading or lying to them, the sources said." If this revelation is in fact correct, Rove could be indicted under 18 U.S.C. 1001 for obstruction of justice -- or what us laypeople have aptly coined the "Martha Stewart Crime." Indeed, if Waas's sources are accurate, the Bush administration could be in a world of hurt -- for Rove wouldn't even have to be the actual leaker to be indicted. Fact is, he wouldn't have to have done anything more than what he is already claiming he did...


"Flame" Plame blame game

by Justin Raimondo



After spending 85 days in jail, protecting a source that had given her a waiver long ago, New York Times reporter Judith Miller emerged to testify in private, to prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald's grand jury, and in public, to the readers of the New York Times. We don't know what she said to the grand jury, of course, but if her piece in the Times is any indication, it was no more illuminating -- or credible -- than her previous front-page pieces retailing tall tales told by Iraqi 'defectors' as hard evidence of Saddam's 'weapons of mass destruction.' According to Miller -- who suddenly recalled a previous undisclosed conversation with I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and 'found' her notes -- she told Fitzgerald she didn't recall the name of the person who had disclosed CIA agent Valerie Plame's name to her, even though the phrase 'Valerie Flame' [sic] appears in the same notebook as her notes of her encounter with Libby. 'I simply could not recall where that came from, when I wrote it, or why the name was misspelled'...


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