Skip to comments.CIA leak probe has college ties [Amherst college -- Fitzgerald, Eckenrode]
Posted on 10/29/2005 7:23:12 PM PDT by syriacus
The way Amherst College President Anthony Marx sees it, the high-profile CIA leak case 'is all Amherst from start to finish.'
Marx told guests at the third annual town-gown luncheon at the college Alumni House Wednesday that he is eager to hear whether indictments will be handed down in the investigation into who outed covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Amherst College has ties to three key players, Marx said. Besides Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, a 1982 graduate, there is Jonathan Landman, the New York Times deputy managing editor who first expressed doubts about the paper's Iraq coverage before the war started. Landman graduated in 1974 and was appointed a college trustee in 2003.
Then there is Jack Eckenrode, the FBI agent heading the investigation. He is not an alum, but his son is a student in a first-year seminar Marx teaches called 'Conflict and Cohesion.'
It is high time for an alumni magazine article about Fitzgerald, Marx observed.
Paul Statt, the college's spokesman, said he has been fielding questions all week from national media outlets interested in learning more about Fitzgerald. Statt suggested that reporters interview Walter Nicholson, Fitzgerald's former economics professor. The New York Times did that, and included his comments in a front-page profile of Fitzgerald on Oct. 22.
The Times portrayed Fitzgerald as being professionally meticulous, personally sloppy and a 'hilarious raconteur' as well as a 'workaholic' known for his 'hapless bachelor ways.'
Nicholson, in the story, describes him as a stellar student other students often turned to for help.
'I didn't know much about his personal life when he was a student,' Nicholson said this week. 'But I really do remember him being both a very good student but also a laid-back student - not in the sense of not caring about his work, obviously - but in not caring about how he dressed. I'm actually kind of surprised to see him in suits all the time.'
Landman, who graduated in 1973, is a marathon runner, cello player and a self-described 'incorrigible New Yorker and Yankee fan,' Statt wrote in a 2003 press release announcing his appointment as trustee.
Eckenrode, whose son is at Amherst now, gets kudos from Valerie Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, in a Philadelphia Inquirer article. Wilson calls him 'serious,' 'committed,' 'thoughtful,' 'thorough,' and 'extraordinarily discreet.' A spokeswoman for the special prosecutor told the Inquirer Fitzgerald believes Eckenrode 'defines what it is to be an FBI agent.'
I'm so glad I chose not to attend this "esteemed" institution.
"...Eckenrode 'defines what it is to be an FBI agent.'"
He has a shoe-phone?
Fitting name for the Prez. of this Socialist anti-American pig sty called a College...
Isn't Amherst in the place where they had the big battle to take down the American Flags?
Yep, its the same place. VERY expensive left wing hell hole.
Kind of makes you wonder what was on Fitzgerald's mind when he scarfed up a cover-up artist to work on the Plame investigation. See: http://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/infectious_diseases/iceid/2002/pdf/hadler.pdf
He is also involved in the Abramov case, and the investigation into the anthrax vaccination program.
You can't actually see most of this stuff since it appears at the FBI's employee newsletter site and you have to be an employee to get in (readily).
This strengthens my thought that the FBI has an AlQaida operative who has successfully infiltrated management in DC.
Correct me if I'm wrong... But isn't Amherst college is very leftist, even for the college standard?
The sad thing is they are destroying these schools. It used to be that graduating from there meant something. Now it means something else.
Thanks for the additional information on Eckenrode, muawiyah. I remember your good insights about the anthrax cases and the post office procedures.
Eckenrode was Boston-based during the 1997 medicare fraud cases.
The nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud reached new heights Wednesday when a federal grand jury in Fort Myers, Fla, indicted three mid-level Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. executives allegedly involved in fraudulent Medicare billings. [snip]
Eckenrode predicted that the Boston office would see "multimillion(-dollar) settlements and restitution in the near future" on the same level as the $370 million settlement paid to the government by pharmaceutical maker Smith Kline Beecham in Philadelphia.
Figures that the DOJ would pick a loyal lib to "investigate" this thing.
How very stupid and inept the Republicans look at almost every turn. It is enough to weep over.
If the WH, Cheny and Rove back away and sacrifices the upright and loyal Libby then it deserves little tolerance from the rest of us.
On the other hand we are talking about Bush moderates and they don't see fealty the way a conservative should.
AMAZING!!! Has anyone connected the dots as to how Wilson and Eckenrode is connected? This may be why Wilson wasn't called to testify.
"Eckenrode, whose son is at Amherst now, gets kudos from Valerie Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, in a Philadelphia Inquirer article. Wilson calls him 'serious,' 'committed,' 'thoughtful,' 'thorough,' and 'extraordinarily discreet.' A spokeswoman for the special prosecutor told the Inquirer Fitzgerald believes Eckenrode 'defines what it is to be an FBI agent."
Someone tell me again why President Bush chose this guy..........I am really starting to think the President either has $hit for taste in people, or extremely bad advice from his advisors.
Here is the article: [Would appear no connection other than investigative.]