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Posted on 02/24/2005 8:49:30 AM PST by Jimmyclyde
Lawmakers: Writer May Have CIA Leak Info Thursday, February 24, 2005 WASHINGTON Two lawmakers have sent a letter to the U.S. attorney saying a White House reporter who recently resigned following questions about his identity and background may have information vital to the investigation into who leaked a CIA operative's name to the press. Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking Democrats on the House Rules Committee and House Judiciary Committee, respectively, wrote a letter to Patrick Fitzgerald (search), the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, saying the Chicago attorney's office may need to subpoena the journal of reporter James Guckert (search ). The journal recounts Guckert's days covering the White House. According to Conyers and Slaughter's letter, Guckert had access to a memo revealing the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame (search).
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Pure political theater by Democrat Moonbats!
Welcome to the Democrats Meet Freedom of the Press.
I agree, when is it going to stop?
Didn't perky Katie nail them on this yesterday morning? Got them to admit it was pure speculation?
Guckert was also the second shooter on the grassy knoll!
Right after Sandy "Pants" Berger is subpoenaed.
He also caused the bad weather that downed Paul Wellstone's plane. On orders from Karl Rove, of course.
I also hear that Guckert killed the messiah. Pass it on.
I still think Wilson set the whole thing up to cover up his boondoggle in Africa. The WSJ editorialized something to this effect yesterday.
Thanks for posting this article.
WHO CARES? (who revealed her name). The ONLY people who did not know who Valerie was were the AMERICAN PUBLIC.
Everyone else on the planet already knew.
Her business card said, "Valerie Plame, SECRET SPY"
Ol Sandy did nothing but steal national security documents...
Nothing to see here, move along, move along...
Everybody let's get the gay guy who asked the president soft ball questions, attack attack!!
-insert Howard Dean scream here-
Editor and Publisher seems to have a real "dog in this hunt," and I'm beginning to wonder what it is.
huh? Convoluted craziness. On one hand, we 'know' Miller & Cooper have the info but we're supposed to think it's OK for them to not to divulge it. OTOH, Conyers & Slaughter 'think' Gannon 'may' have the info, so the answer is to subpoena his journal and that's perfectly OK?
Maybe their subscribers are ticked about being outdone by a realtive newcomer/amatuer?
We're watching the death of a political party here, folks. I'll make the popcorn...
I can state positively that Valerie Plame had no secret status.
She told me that when she was working undercover with me in the back seat of my 84' Lincoln Town car.
Her exact words were ... "This is the first time I've been undercover, in a Lincoln Town car ".
And last but not least, it wasn't even a CIA memo...
Sources said the CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets suggesting Plame had a role in arranging her husband's trip to Africa for the CIA. The document, written by a State Department official who works for its Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), describes a meeting at the CIA where the Niger trip by Wilson was discussed, said a senior administration official who has seen it.
CIA officials have challenged the accuracy of the INR document, the official said, because the agency officer identified as talking about Plame's alleged role in arranging Wilson's trip could not have attended the meeting.
This isn't news...just the Democrats whining on and on as usual.
You missed the Mason connection:
The masons sent "Gannon" to the briefing room that day for a good reason. They want "blogers" to be outlawed because it is the only aspect of th eMass Media that they canno get total control over.
Another "stunning" revelation on that page:
Bush had many gay experiences and just because he is sitting on the Throne in the Oval Office does not mean he stoppedROTFLMAO!
This is madness. These Congressional morons need to censured and fined.
Great post! Everytime this stupid story comes up I think of the same facts. I will need to commit these to memory and create useful links for battling moonbat libs.
They openly backed Kerry. They aren't non-partisan as they wish to appear. They 'guide' the news across the US, from small to large papers.
Pathetic, pitiful, desperate dem alert!
get a load of this
Like Fitzgerald doesn't know how to conduct his investigation.
By all means, call Gannon. But in the meantime his grand jury wants to speak to other reporters like Judith Miller of the NY Times and Matt Cooper (again) of TIME Mag. They know more than Gannon about the Wilson/Plame business and these dems know it.
Gannon made a big mistake talking to E & P about his journal. These people are on a witchhunt. The idea he had a "CIA" memo? Duh! That's why he was on the investigation list.
From the article:
Conyers and Slaughter note in their letter that in an October 2003 interview with Wilson, Guckert referenced a memo written by U.S. intelligence officials indicating the operative suggested Wilson could investigate reports that Iraq had sought uranium.
"In and of itself, this indicates that Mr. Guckert had access to classified information," the two lawmakers wrote. And "it appears now that Mr. Guckert memorialized his experiences at the White House."
Actually "in and of itself", it shows he read the October 17 Wall Street Journal where they described the memo. (Gannon's interview with Wilson was the next week and published on October 28.)
At bottom, it's about who gets to ask the President (or anyone else) questions, and what kind of questions are asked. They HAVE to "win" this one, because they have already had two of their batters strike out (CBS and CNN).
Look, it's a bird, it's a plane... no it's RAT MOONBATS in tinfoil swimtrunks.
He didn't have a memo and he has stated that.
He's been pretty open (except when it comes to those websites) on the topic of his career as a reporter.
Let E & P hyperventilate. Their credibility is going downhill and fast.
There's nothing here. the damn Dems love using subterfuge.
I checked out the "editor" of that site's post; he's definitely anti-Bush.
This is the "say if often enough and it becomes truth" theory, correct?
The Demos are basing their facts on Guckert, who claims to have kept a journal.
Yet they are all over him for being a liar.
From one minute to the next, their agenda changes.
"Actually "in and of itself", it shows he read the October 17 Wall Street Journal where they described the memo. (Gannon's interview with Wilson was the next week and published on October 28.)"
Anyone following this case objectively knew about that WSJ article. I noticed the lefty-flavored chat always closed their eyes to articles like the WSJ one that debilitated Wilson's crazier claims about his wife having no involvement. Kind of like how they conveniently forgot the Bipartisan Senate Intel. Report to keep their discourse about Plamegate pure to their hopes.
Now the leak of the memo to the WSJ, or description of the memo, may be criminal, is interesting, and must have come from the "administration." I imagine the disinterest in that part of the investigation from the left arises because if confronted the content of the memo must be confronted to - that their hero Wilson is loopy, or hiding something.
Gannon talked about the memo, I guess, no different than any journalist pretends they "know" something that appeared in a major media outlet.
FYI, from the unobjective right the slant is often a conclusion that no crime could have been commited with the Plame leak. Let's see what the investigators say.
Another point I'm sick of seeing misrepresented. The memo was disclosed and asked about months after Plame's silly "name" was "revealed".
The significance of the memo is not to do with her "name"; it is that it showed Plame in fact recommended Wilson for the trip. A fact he had always denied and was the point of Novak's "why Wilson went to Niger" column.
BTW, in Gannon's interview with Wilson (it was pretty good) one could believe he might had seen the memo with his firm statement about it. So I can see why he might be on an investigation list.
But on closer examination, and in comparison to the WSJ article, he was citing from the WSJ.
Cyn, if those reporters you mentioned had kept a journal, would these Demo operatives be calling for subpoenas then? I think not.
This issue is an eye-opener, even for the blind.
Isn't this the nepotism memo that the 911 Commission had possession of where PLame recommended Wilson for the mission to Niger?
If so, it seems that an awful lot of people had access to that memo and the abiltiy to pass it all over Creation, not to mention if Plame wrote it she -and by extension her husband, the talkative guy who first exposed the CIA mission- also had access to it.
Here is Gannon's question on the memo:
October 28, 2003
(TN = Talon News) excerpt:
TN: An internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel details a meeting in early 2002 where your wife, a member of the agency for clandestine service working on Iraqi weapons issues, suggested that you could be sent to investigate the reports. Do you dispute that?
Here is the WSJ characterization of the memo:
October 17, 2003
An internal government memo addresses some of the mysteries at the center of the White House leak investigation and could help investigators in the search for who disclosed the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative, according to two people familiar with the memo.
The memo, prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel, details a meeting in early 2002 where CIA officer Valerie Plame and other intelligence officials gathered to brainstorm about how to verify reports that Iraq had sought uranium yellowcake from Niger.
I and others believe it is one and the same memo. It is often called "classified" and while it may well have been, it is not clear for a fact if it was.
This, apparently, was the State Department memo. The Senate Intel Report mentions there was another memo, from the CIA, that also mentioned that Plame suggested Wilson for the trip. Innocuous stuff on first look, but damning given Wilson's twisted and repetitive denials that his wife had anything to do with the matter.
He feared nepotism. Given their gabby nature I think something else he feared. If his wife were the one to suggest him, it suggests that she "took her work home" - discussed her work with him. Verboten.
Oh, wow, I hadn't seen that--thanks for that link!
So how many leaks of classified info has Conyers been involved in? I bet that would be a long list.
"If his wife were the one to suggest him, it suggests that she "took her work home" - discussed her work with him. Verboten."
Good point, especially given his mention that she told him about the nature of her job a few dates into their relationship.
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