Skip to comments.What Woodward Knew
Posted on 11/17/2005 6:12:45 PM PST by YaYa123
What to think of the quite astonishing revelation that Bob Woodward was told by administration sourcesnot Scooter Libby or Karl Rove, it seems clearthat Joseph Wilson's wife worked at the CIA, and told a month before what Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said was the first revelation by an administration source, Libby, to a member of the press?
Here's the story from yesterday's Post on Woodward's testimony, and here's Woodward's statement, printed next to the story on the jump page. Here's the story by the Post's excellent media reporter Howard Kurtz on Woodward's apology to Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie for not telling him about this some time ago.
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He makes the whole mess comprehensible!
Yes, an excellent read. I especially like that last paragraph. I'm not sure if I can quote it here without exceeding the permissible limit.
The last sentence was a hoot - "CIA should be abolished"
Could the MSM be getting that one wrong? They're all assuming it's the Bushies.
The MSM would never let you get away with such a hypothesis!! Everyone knows it means the evil Bush & Cheney Admin
Thanks, this is the best writing yet on this subject.
This whole thing is quite silly. CIA info is not secret to the White House. If you send your husband on a mission and he comes back LYING that Dick Cheney sent him, obviously people are going to mention what really happened. Seems to me she is a villain at a tile of war for not stepping forward to set the record straight. And she is such a creep that she still hasn't done so.
No kidding. I am thinking it is correct. The CIA should be disbanded, and another agency (or few) take over its duties.
The CIA has become anti-American. Is that possible?
If that is true Woodward's source can't be Chaney.
Wow! The article speculates that the source was Colin Powell! Now I'm sure Fitzgerald is dying to indict Powell. Not. And I'm sure people can easily say Powell was part of a smear campaign. Not.
I'm starting to see a split forming in the media - one camp that will rally around Woodward and his status as the man who brought down Nixon (this group will twist itself into impossible mental knots trying to reconcile Woodward's and Wilson's stories), and another camp that will believe that Woodward "sold out" to the Bush Administration and will try to "convince" him that it's time to retire ala Judith Miller.
Hard to say which side will win, but I would give the edge to the ones who want to drum Woodward out of the corps and go down with joe Wilson's sinking ship. However, Bob Woodward is no Judith Miller, and he surely won't go that easily.
This is so exciting. The saga of Bob Woodward: From Watergate to Woodygate.
Bob Woodward let Bubber skate. I hope Woody gets clobbered over this!
Also at stake is the decades old war between the Washington Post and the New York Times to determine which of them is the newspaper of record.
Most liberals would say the Times, but it was the Post that broke the Watergate story, and they've been living in that reflected glory ever since.
Pinch Sulzberger has been driving the Times into the gutter. He is the guy who befriended Judith Miller when she was first hired and evidently has now authorized firing her, if not demanding it. The folks at the Post must see a golden opportunity to finally go past their rival.
"Defenders of Fitzgerald's indictment can argue that its charges that Libby lied still stand. But the differing recollections of Woodward and Pincus could strengthen a defense based on faulty memory, and Woodward's disclosure refutes the timeline that Fitzgerald presented at his press conference."
Well...it looks like Fitzgerald has some splanin to do.
Laura Ingraham's imitation of Woodward is hilarious.
So, why doe the LMSM just ask Mr. Powell a simple question, was it you who was Woodhead's source???????
It is comforting to know that he shares the same analysis of the situation that I do. I admire that man's mind.
The CIA had no idea the Berlin wall waould come down or the SU would collapse.
Barone is absolutely on fire! News analysis at its very best!
I think that some within the organization have, and I think it's very important that those who haven't get sniffed out as soon as possible before the American people lose faith in it altogether.
There are heroic things being done by members of the CIA and they are being tainted by these creeps who cloak themselves in secrecy and slyly whisper state secrets to the press. It's time for the CIA to cull the herd.
His analysis is the most clear-cut, easy to understand explanation...withOUT political hatred and hyperbole...than any other writer...
Wouldn't that be a hoot? Probably too good to be true though.....
Assuming the Post can get past it's own credibility problems, which have suddenly seemed to multiply in the past few weeks. This business of Woodward declining to offer exculpatory (for Libby) evidence in Fitzgerald's investigation because he couldn't be bothered with subpoenas is one of the most self-serving and cowardly things I've heard in a long time. As far as Pincus goes, it's clear that he's just Joe Wilson's stenographer, and now he's facing a possible contempt citation just like Miller did. And this whole business with Matthew Mosk and MD4Bush, plus the mounting revelations that the entire paper is just another part of the Maryland democrat party dirty tricks unit (a dirty tricks unit that is neck deep in the vilest racial slur campaign I have ever seen against Lt. Gov. Steele) is really going to make them look bad.
So while there's no doubt Pinch is driving the NYT into the ground, I wonder if the Post isn't coming in right behind it.
Definitely Clinton factions within the CIA working long and hard to sabotage George Bush. Can there be any doubt the whole purpose of the Niger trip was to do just that? Bet your butt Valerie was a player, with hubby in on the action.
Shame on Porter Goss if he can't clean house.
Load the CIA up with Clinton leftists for eight years and it will take twenty to undo it.
Question, did Clinton appoint any ACLU lawyers to the CIA during his tenure? I rest my case.......
There are heroic things being done by members of the CIA ...lest we forget, one of our first casualties in Afghanistan was Mike Spann. He and his wife both CIA & heroes to me.
Woodward knew Libby was innocent and said nothing...
IIRC the CIA did a great job in Afghanistan or at least got the job done and made good with the PR. Riding a camel is somewhat diferent from riding a desk though.
Has Powell been interviewed by Fitzgerald? That is a question that needs to be asked.
Indeed. An old-fashioned Soviet-style purge is in order.
I say Tenet.
True. Race to the bottom.
I especially appreciate Michael Barone's closing paragraph:
I recall that some years ago Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan argued that the CIA should be abolished, and I argued that that was a ridiculous and irresponsible position. As usual when Pat and I disagreed, Pat turned out to be right.
I'm coming to the same conclusion myself. We have many intelligence agencies. A CIA that is a rogue agency which holds itself above ANY President of the United States is a danger to the Republic.
a purge of the whole country. 30 million less leftists and i'd sleep like a baby.
Thanks, YaYa123. Remarkable story.
Heck, Wilson was an administration source.
And I suspect that Moynihan would say he's changed his mind today.
I'd take 30 million Mexican workers in exchange for the leftists, if that's the only way it could happen.
Wow. This story kind of pulls the rug out from under the Fitzmas crowd.
From Fitzie's press conference:
"In fact, Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter when he talked to Judith Miller in June of 2003 about Valerie Wilson."
The "first official known" by investigators who don't do their job very well.
Another quote from Fitzie's press conference:
"But also the reporter is the eyewitness, and what I think people don't appreciate is we interviewed lots of people, very high officials, before we ever went to the reporters."
Why does Fitzgerald give so much deference to reporters?
The source has gotta be Tenet or Richard Clarke.