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Rove Spoke With Time Reporter - (did not "out" Wilson's CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame!)
NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JULY 3, 2005 | CARL LIMBACHER & Staff

Posted on 07/03/2005 8:25:16 PM PDT by CHARLITE

A lawyer for presidential adviser Karl Rove has disclosed that his client spoke with a Time magazine reporter just days before the name of a CIA operative was leaked to the media, but he did not leak the confidential information.

Rove attorney Robert Luskin said that Rove did not reveal any secrets, and, furthermore, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has assured him that the adviser is not a target of his investigation.

According to Luskin, Rove spoke to Time reporter Matthew Cooper in July 2003 - a week before media reports revealed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, the wife of Bush administration critic and former special U.S. envoy Joseph Wilson.

"What I can tell you is that Cooper called Rove during that week between the Wilson article and the Novak article, but that Karl absolutely did not identify Valerie Plame," Luskin said.

Wilson has in the past said he suspected Rove played a role in revealing his wife's cover. Wilson believes the White House leaked her name in retaliation for a July 6, 2003 article in the New York Times written by Wilson, accusing the administration of using bogus intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Cooper is one of two reporters who have been held in contempt of court for not cooperating with a federal investigation into who revealed Plame's identity. Cooper and another reporter, Judith Miller of the New York Times, face jail terms that could start as early as Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in a bid to keep its reporter out of jail, Time Inc. turned over e-mail and other documents to a special prosecutor on Friday.

Reportedly, these documents identify sources Cooper used in his report, but thus far Time has refused to comment on whether or not the documents out Rove as among the sources who were revealed.

Rove has testified before a grand jury investigating the Plame case on three occasions. That grand jury is probing the alleged outing of Plame by syndicated columnist Robert Novak on July 14, 2003.

Luskin said, "It is certainly my understanding that Karl has testified absolutely truthfully about all his conversations about everybody that he has been asked about during that week."

"Nobody has suggested to us ever that they think that there are any problems about whether they think he is being candid."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: accusations; agent; blame; charges; cia; cialeak; fitzgerald; josephwilson; karlrove; magazine; outting; patrick; prosecutor; special; time; valerieplame
I blame Bob Novak for the entire scandal. Why did he need to make such a gratuitous disclosure? IMO, he did it on purpose, just for 15 minutes of fame. He couldn't resist the "big SCOOP," and as a result, he stepped in it. Considering how commonplace it has become to blythly quote "anonymous sources," (while either making them up, or adding editorial comments), Novak could easily have put that juicy item into his column for the pure shock effect of it.

If I am not mistaken, he expressed surprise (mock surprise?) at the time, wondering at the fact that anyone thought it unusual, since "everybody inside the Beltway knows that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, works as a CIA undercover agent."

I remember reading Novak's remarks at the time, and Rush talked about it extensively.

1 posted on 07/03/2005 8:25:19 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE
A

lawyer

for presidential adviser Karl Rove has disclosed that his client spoke with a Time magazine reporter just days before the name of a CIA operative was leaked to the media, but he did not leak the confidential information.

Not exactly an unbiased source of information say I.

2 posted on 07/03/2005 8:28:56 PM PDT by Archangelsk (Handbasket, hell. Get used to the concept.)
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To: CHARLITE

But...but...but...this can't be true! pMSNBC's Lawrence "I put the anal in analyst" O'Donnel says Rove did too leak it...


4 posted on 07/03/2005 8:29:27 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Life's a beach - and Liberals are like the sand that gets in your swimsuit...)
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To: CHARLITE

Are ya sayin here that just maybe Lawerence O'Donnel might have jumped to the wrog conclusion?


5 posted on 07/03/2005 8:29:47 PM PDT by umgud (Comment removed by poster before moderator could get to it)
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To: CHARLITE

Novak is too stupid to be a Republican. I think he must be a Dem plant. Afterall, 95% of all journalists are Dems.


6 posted on 07/03/2005 8:29:54 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: CHARLITE

Ive long suspected that Wilson himself was the leak. A request for privacy didn't inspire confidence when they were involved in photo shoots.


7 posted on 07/03/2005 8:30:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: Baynative

She was undercover when she was based overseas. She was no longer undercover, though, when the idiot, Novak, blew her cover.


8 posted on 07/03/2005 8:31:24 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: CHARLITE; Howlin; Miss Marple
First off, Valerie Plame was not undercover at the time, but they say that doesn't matter because if there was purposeful intent to expose her, then it was a violation of the law.

Valeri Plames Boss was a Clinton appointee and he retires a few months after this so called scandal broke. That is who I think it was who spoke to Navak. I can't remember his name (Plames Boss right now, maybe somebody else can remember it

9 posted on 07/03/2005 8:49:00 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: Keith in Iowa
But given O'Donnell's Temper Tantrum 2 act (which is much of the time), I really discount his assertions, to say the least.
10 posted on 07/03/2005 8:50:26 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: CHARLITE
If I am not mistaken

You are mistaken.

11 posted on 07/03/2005 9:14:57 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Brilliant

Novak is a registered Democrat.


12 posted on 07/03/2005 9:16:22 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Brilliant

Aldrich Ames blew HER cover. She hadn't been undercover in years.


13 posted on 07/03/2005 9:16:54 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: MJY1288

Alan Foley; he was the head of the nonproliferation office at the CIA, which is where she was working.

Not exactly UNDERcover.


14 posted on 07/03/2005 9:19:45 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: MJY1288
Valeri Plames Boss was a Clinton appointee and he retires a few months after this so called scandal broke. That is who I think it was who spoke to Navak. I can't remember his name

Alan Foley. I'm also inclined to believe that he was one of Novak's sources.

15 posted on 07/03/2005 9:27:59 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: MJY1288; Howlin

http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/entity.jsp?entity=alan_foley


Robert G. Joseph, director for nonproliferation at the National Security Council (NSC), telephones senior CIA official Alan Foley and argues that the Africa-uranium claim should be included in Bush's upcoming State of the Union address. When Foley warns that the allegation has little evidence to support it, Mr. Joseph instead requests that the speech include a remark saying that the British had learned that Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa, leaving out the bit about Niger and the exact quantity of uranium that was allegedly sought.

[The Washington Post, 7/17/03; New York Times, 7/17/03; New York Times, 7/17/03; The Washington Post, 7/27/03; Time Magazine, 7/21/03 Sources: Two unnamed senior administration officials interviewed by Time, Alan Foley] Joseph claims he does not recall the discussion and White House communications director Dan Bartlett calls Foley's version of events a “conspiracy theory.” [The Washington Post, 7/27/03]


16 posted on 07/03/2005 9:28:23 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@Matt Is Messing With Our Minds Tonight.com)
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To: Howlin
I don't think I'm mistaken. I heard Rush quote Novak's quip right after the whole "disclosure" became a big story. He quoted Novak as having been surprised that so much was being made over Plame, ".....because," he explained, "everyone inside the Beltway knows that Joe Wilson's wife is a CIA agent.."

It was a while ago now, so I don't know how one would verify that one short remark by Novak.

In all fairness, I only heard Rush quote Novak. I didn't hear Novak say it himself.

Char

17 posted on 07/03/2005 9:28:51 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: Baynative
URBAN LEGEND...another ruse put forth by the leftist media. Plame was never an 'operative' and never in a position that endangered her life. She was a mid level project manager.

She was a bleeping bureaucrat who liked to make people believe at DC cocktail parties that her job was more glamorous than it was.  I know the type all too well.  This is the part that the Wilsons are so pissed about.  The truth about her real job is going to come out much to her embarrassment.

Deep cover operative my ass.

 

18 posted on 07/03/2005 9:35:57 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: CHARLITE
I blame Bob Novak for the entire scandal.

For correcting an out and out lie?

Why did he need to make such a gratuitous disclosure?

In his own words:

". I was curious why a high-ranking official in President Bill Clinton's National Security Council (NSC) was given this assignment. Wilson had become a vocal opponent of President Bush's policies in Iraq after contributing to Al Gore in the last election cycle and John Kerry in this one."

"During a long conversation with a senior administration official, I asked why Wilson was assigned the mission to Niger. He said Wilson had been sent by the CIA's counterproliferation section at the suggestion of one of its employees, his wife. It was an offhand revelation from this official, who is no partisan gunslinger. When I called another official for confirmation, he said: "Oh, you know about it." The published report that somebody in the White House failed to plant this story with six reporters and finally found me as a willing pawn is simply untrue."

IMO, he did it on purpose, just for 15 minutes of fame.

He did it to correct the out and out lies that Joe Wilson and the Democrats were and have been telling for the last two years.

Did you not read the Senate Intelligence Committee report on this? Wilson LIED.

And Novak did NOT do it "for his 15 minutes of fame." Anybody who says that, hasn't been paying attention.

19 posted on 07/03/2005 9:41:33 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Keith in Iowa

I think Lawrence is due for another Meltdown!


20 posted on 07/03/2005 9:52:15 PM PDT by daviscupper
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To: Keith in Iowa
Just heard Larry the Loon on Drudge. Let's see.Wilson was proven to be a liar, he didn't investigate the niger claim and gave a false report. Richard Clark was exposed as a liar before the 911 commission. It doesn't seem to have any effect on their credibility with the msm so I guess if Larry is lying it will have no effect on his career.

The Italian document may have been forged but saddam was trying to buy uranium from niger, where he had gotten it before. BTW does anyone know why iraq was trying to buy uranium? They had plenty at al-tuwaitha and a mine near the syrian border. I had heard that what niger had access to was more highly enriched.

21 posted on 07/03/2005 10:08:05 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Howlin; YaYa123; okie01
Thanks for the name, I had at leats 100 different links on this issue saved on my PC and lost them all when it crashed. I have all of them printed and filed away, but I really didn't feel like looking his name up :-)

Howlin knows how much time I spent on this issue and I truly believe the only person who needs to fear the Special Prosecutor is Joe Wilson himself.

There is no doubt in my mind that Joe Wilson is a fraud and if his past gets 10% of the scrutiny George W. Bush's has. Joe Wilson might find himself behind bars.

Joe Wilson was who coordinated that 1000 person 6 week vacation to Africa that the Clinton's and all of their friends went on. That trip cost almost 100 million dollars and Joe Wilson was the person who made all the arrangements and the contracts...... The Clinton's own him

22 posted on 07/03/2005 10:31:06 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: MJY1288

IMO, Wilson fancies himself a modern day James Angelton.

He doesn't have the class or the breeding to pull it off though.


23 posted on 07/03/2005 10:36:39 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Eagles6
Nope, The Uranium Oxide that was in Iraq was sealed and tagged by the UN. Saddam was allowing the U.N. to monitor that stock pile, they even had camera's on that site. The fact of the matter is, the Italian document you are speaking about was never considered "Legitimate". That document was placed into the written report to the U.N. as part of the record of the presentation Colin Powell made to the U.N.

That document was never cited and the Brit's have never backed away from their claim. That document was purchased by our Embassy in Italy for $200.00 and was written off as a fake from day one. I believe that the Joe Wilson trip was arranged by whoever put that bogus document into the report given to the U.N. in order to damage the Bush Administration. Keep in mind, the U.N. was neck deep in the Oil for Food scandal, and nobody can convince me that the State Department didn't know about it. I believe Joe Wilson knew it as well, and his wife was conveniently working for the Non Proliferation Dept of the CIA.

I truly believe that the UN's Oil For Food scandal and those on the take in our State Department were doing everything they could to deflect away from the real criminals

24 posted on 07/03/2005 10:48:55 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: All

I have followed this non-story for far too long.

Please kill it -- and take a 2 x 4 to O'Donnell's backside as you walk out the door with this garbage.


25 posted on 07/03/2005 10:55:46 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: CHARLITE
Wilson has in the past said he suspected Rove played a role in revealing his wife's cover.

Uh huh, and this is coming out now as a payback for Rove's comments about Liberal's reaction to 9/11.

When leftist scum revealed information about CIA operatives they were hailed as heroes--even when those operatives were killed. Why the sanctimonious reaction now? That's liberalism for you.

26 posted on 07/03/2005 11:07:49 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: MJY1288

Makes a lot of sense. Very hard to win a war when the enemies within work without fear and the msm and the dems aid and abet.


27 posted on 07/03/2005 11:08:41 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: cripplecreek
Ive long suspected that Wilson himself was the leak.

Me, too! Talk about an @$$clown jumping up and down waving his arms for attention when it suits him....

28 posted on 07/04/2005 2:05:50 AM PDT by Watery Tart (There are 10 kinds of people in the world--those who understand binary, and those who don't.)
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To: MNnice
She was a bleeping bureaucrat who liked to make people believe at DC cocktail parties that her job was more glamorous than it was. I know the type all too well.

BINGO! I even knew a guy who ran a deli who kept telling everyone he was really an intelligence operative but to PLEASE not to tell anyone. He told that to EVERYONE.

29 posted on 07/04/2005 6:36:26 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: CHARLITE
I blame Bob Novak for the entire scandal. Why did he need to make such a gratuitous disclosure?

Gratuitous? Joe Wilson was known as a rabidly anti-Bush and anti-War critic and it was a service Novak provided by reporting why he would have been sent to Niger at the behest of the CIA.

If I am not mistaken, he expressed surprise (mock surprise?) at the time, wondering at the fact that anyone thought it unusual, since "everybody inside the Beltway knows that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, works as a CIA undercover agent."

You are completely mistaken.

Bob Novak explicitly said he was under the impression she was NOT an undercover agent. The public evidence to date continues to point in the direction of analyst, not covert, too.

Novak did a very good thing by revealing what he did and that is why the left has attacked so hard.

The question is, why did Plame want her husband sent on this errand and what was he really doing there.

30 posted on 07/04/2005 7:21:26 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Archangelsk
We have known for well over a year the gist of Rove's testimony before the grand jury.

We have known almost since Wilson trumped up his charge that naming his wife was some kind of bizarre "retaliation" that Rove spoke with reporters (plural, including Cooper) but we also have known he was not the source (he couldn't have been) in the Plame name part.

We also know now for sure that he, like Scooter Libby, has signed a confidentiality waiver allowing reporters to completely disclose the content of any conversations they had with him.

31 posted on 07/04/2005 7:25:09 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Brilliant

First of all, Novak is not an idiot and he did not "blow her cover".

The only cover he blew was Wilson trying to claim some kind of higher ground in his representation of his trip to Niger and the scope of what he claims to have learned and who was privy to these "findings" (barely anybody).

Novak did a public service by providing this angle, that Wilson was sent because his wife worked at the CIA.


32 posted on 07/04/2005 7:28:06 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: okie01

Add me to the "Alan Foley was probably one of the sources" gang.


33 posted on 07/04/2005 7:29:27 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Howlin

Your post #19:

BRAVO!


34 posted on 07/04/2005 7:34:46 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Eagles6
The Italian document may have been forged but saddam was trying to buy uranium from niger, where he had gotten it before.

Not to mention the forged documents were given to our embassy in Rome in October, 2002---8 months AFTER Wilson's trip. Our CIA headquarters didn't come into possession of the forgeries until February 2003---AFTER the President's SOTU and the "sixteen words". Wilson's deliberate attempt to link the forgeries to his trip and "findings" is another suspicious circumstance.

35 posted on 07/04/2005 7:37:24 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

Novak was not smart enough to figure out how this would play out. Even an idiot could have forseen it.


36 posted on 07/04/2005 8:11:48 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

By "play out", I take it you would rather not have learned why the pompous blowhard Joe Wilson was sent to Niger and then wrote a gross misrepresentation about it?

I prefer an airing of the facts. I'm sorry you find truth offensive. Perhaps you are in the wrong place.


37 posted on 07/04/2005 8:38:14 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

Novak did not have to finger her as a CIA operative in order to trash Wilson. In fact, Novak later stated that he did not understand the significance of the term "operative" and thought she was not undercover. Well, DUH!


38 posted on 07/04/2005 9:14:57 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
Novak did not have to finger her as a CIA operative in order to trash Wilson. In fact, Novak later stated that he did not understand the significance of the term "operative" and thought she was not undercover. Well, DUH!

Novak wasn't trying to "trash Wilson". He was explaining how it came to be that Wilson was sent to Niger and it turns out the reason was his wife was what he called a "CIA operative", which he later clarified as an analyst.

He also said she was not undercover.

I fail to see what your point is with the "DUH" except you seem gullible for Wilsonian talking points.

39 posted on 07/04/2005 9:34:22 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

I am no fan of Wilson. I am also no fan of Novak. Novak is an idiot. Anyone who does not know what the term "CIA operative" means, but writes a nationally published article using the term and ends up errantly disclosing the name of a covert CIA operative is an idiot. And the fact that he only intended to do us a service by exposing the jackass, Wilson, really does not mollify me. It merely buttresses my conclusion that he's an idiot.


40 posted on 07/04/2005 9:52:53 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
...errantly disclosing the name of a covert CIA operative

Except, it turns out, Plame was neither "covert" nor an "operative".

41 posted on 07/04/2005 11:07:31 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01

She wasn't at the time of the disclosure, but she had been.

And the law does not stop the minute she's no longer covert. I don't know why you'all are spending so much effort trying to defend these idiots. They shouldn't have done it, and they did. And their only excuse is that they did not do it intentionally. In other words, they were too damn stupid to realize what they were doing.

Now we've got a grand jury investigating the matter. Anytime you've got a grand jury, you know someone screwed up bigtime.

The only good thing you can say about it is that it did not tip the election to the traitor, John Kerry. But it could have.


42 posted on 07/04/2005 11:22:51 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: CHARLITE
Problem is Plame was NEVER an undercover agent as meant in the applicable law.

On the other hand she was quite willing to be Wilson's third wife ~ whatever that means ~ Fur Shur I'd never been tempted to date any woman like that.

State Department did keep a team of girls "on call" for certain purposes ~ back in FDR's day, the same team was kept "on call", but had day jobs at Post Office Department headquarters at 12th and Penn. A foreign dignitary, in need, could stop by and see FDR's "fixer" (James Farley, the PMG) and check out the babes in the magnificent third-floor office seemingly designed for that purpose.

What surprises me is that Plame even thought of marriage.

43 posted on 07/04/2005 2:49:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: CHARLITE

I blame Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, the lying partisan democrat ambassador who made the false complaint in the first place. If the prosecutor nails anybody it should be Wilson.


44 posted on 07/06/2005 3:34:47 PM PDT by NetValue (No enemy has inflicted as much damage on America as liberals.)
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