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Who Said What When (Robt. Novak)
WeeklyStandard ^ | 10-16-06 | Robert Novak

Posted on 10/07/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT by STARWISE

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The dilemma was resolved when Fitzgerald showed up to interview me with waivers only from my three sources. The prosecutor had learned their names on his own, so there was no use in not testifying about them. Hubris misrepresents me by saying my dilemma came after Fitzgerald appeared with the three waivers ("crunch time for Novak") and that I gave up their names under pressure from the special prosecutor. This is such a misreading of my clear account that it must have been derived from either sloppiness or malice.
1 posted on 10/07/2006 11:22:27 AM PDT by STARWISE
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To: Howlin; onyx; Laverne; Fedora; ravingnutter; nopardons; SE Mom; Lancey Howard; Enchante

Ping!


2 posted on 10/07/2006 11:23:19 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE
I am glad to see Novak write this column. It's interesting.

However, between this matter and his constant harping against Bush's war on terrorism I hold Novak in rather low regard at the moment.

Again, glad you posted his piece here at FR nonetheless.

3 posted on 10/07/2006 11:29:21 AM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: A Citizen Reporter; AliVeritas; alnick; AmeriBrit; AmericaUnited; arasina; BlessedByLiberty; ...
Scooter ping!!!
4 posted on 10/07/2006 11:30:10 AM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: Impeach98
I, too, am glad to see this for as much truth is in it. However, there is this:

Isikoff, who views himself as nonideological and nonpartisan, led reporters in tracking Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky affair (recorded in his Uncovering Clinton).

Isikoff nonideological and nonpartisan. Bwahahahah. And Issie is not nicknamed "Spike" for nothing. I guess Novak does not want to burn all bridges.

5 posted on 10/07/2006 11:33:09 AM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: STARWISE

"The book also identifies the "senior administration official" quoted in a Washington Post story as the source of the six-journalists story, and as saying that the White House was out for "purely and simply revenge" against Wilson. He turns out to be Adam Levine, an obscure, middle-level communications aide who soon left the White House."

Sr. Admin Official or Obscure, middle-level aide? I wonder which sounds better when referring to an "anonymous source" when pushing a phoney story.


6 posted on 10/07/2006 11:33:36 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: STARWISE

Robt. Novak? LOL! Were you trying to save 1 keystroke?


7 posted on 10/07/2006 11:34:52 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Howlin; Bahbah; All
A major factor in Isikoff's decision to collaborate with Corn presumably was the leftist journalist's close relationship with the Wilsons, which provided supposedly exclusive information on Valerie's CIA duties.

But the information is mainly Wilson boilerplate. I am disappointed that so accomplished a reporter as Isikoff did not probe more deeply into exactly what Mrs. Wilson did at the Agency. He must have questioned the story that "Brewster-Jennings & Associates," a nonexistent, totally fictitious company publicly listed by Valerie as her employer, was a cover for many CIA operatives.

He must have known that former New York Times reporter Clifford May had also learned that Mrs. Wilson worked for the CIA before my column appeared. None of this was explored by the authors.

8 posted on 10/07/2006 11:35:22 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: frankjr

Adam Levine from Maroon5?


9 posted on 10/07/2006 11:35:49 AM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: Howlin

"Adam Levine from Maroon5?"

I knew that name sounded familiar. All the pieces are coming together now.


10 posted on 10/07/2006 11:36:58 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: frankjr

:-)


11 posted on 10/07/2006 11:37:25 AM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: Impeach98

Read the whole article, if you can. While it's mainly an "I was scorned" whine, it is very interesting to see the machinations from his viewpoint.


12 posted on 10/07/2006 11:37:28 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: frankjr

Adam Levine
Communications Aide (2001-2003)

LEVINE WAS ONE OF FEW PRESS AIDES TO SPEAK TO REPORTERS DURING AFRICA TRIP: “Levine was one of the few press officials at the White House to answer reporters’ calls [during the Africa trip].” [CNN, 2/10/04]

LEVINE AMONG THE FIRST WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY BEFORE GRAND JURY: Levine testified on February 6, 2004. “Levine’s testimony was described as ‘brief’ and non-combative, and followed several interviews with FBI agents. The source said there were many questions about which reporters [Levine] and other senior officials talked to, suggesting investigators are trying to get as much information as possible from press officials, knowing the reporters are unlikely to talk.” [Newsday 2/24/04; CNN, 2/10/04]

LEVINE SAID TO TESTIFY ABOUT ‘WHITE HOUSE PROCEDURES’: “Dan French, former U.S. attorney for New York’s Northern District, and Don Kinsella, the district’s longtime criminal bureau chief, are representing a former White House press aide, Adam Levine ‘The President of the United States has asked his staff to cooperate, and even though Levine’s no longer on the staff he’s adhering to the President’s request,’ French said. ‘He has been called to testify before the federal grand jury concerning his knowledge of White House procedures, in particular phone calls with reporters. He was called to testify and we represented him in those proceedings.’” [The Times Union (Albany, NY) 2/12/04]

LEVINE LEFT ADMINISTRATION IN DECEMBER ‘03, BUT RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED: New York Times: “Levine left the Bush administration in December after working as the principal liaison between the White House and television networks.” Later, the Washington Post describes Levine as “a former White House aide who portrayed Russert in mock sessions with administration officials,” referring to White House prep for President Bush in advance of his Meet the Press appearance in early February ‘04. [NYT, 2/10/04; Washington Post, 2/5/04]

LAST-MINUTE TESTIMONY FROM LEVINE: The Washington Post reported that prosecutors conducted “last-minute interviews with Adam Levine, a member of the White House communications team at the time of the leak, about his conversations with Rove.” [Washington Post, 10/27/05]


13 posted on 10/07/2006 11:38:40 AM PDT by Howlin (Why Won't Nancy Pelosi Let Louis Freeh Investigate the Page Scandal?)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

2 .. lol


14 posted on 10/07/2006 11:38:52 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Personally, if I were Robert Novak, I would leave well enough alone and shut up.


15 posted on 10/07/2006 11:40:44 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant; Howlin; operation clinton cleanup; frankjr; Jim Robinson; All
BTW, our very own FReeper, eeevil conservative, is ON LIVE RADIO NOW on WGKA Atlanta! I'm listening .. she's doing a darn good job. I can imagine this for FR-Radio, too ;)

On the right side, "Listen Live" -- HERE

16 posted on 10/07/2006 11:44:07 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
In their tirade against the Bush White House, Isikoff and Corn found a hero: Paul Pillar, then the CIA officer in charge of the Middle East. During the 2004 election campaign, I wrote in a column that Pillar was delivering off-the-record briefings to citizens groups around the country, and was highly critical of the president seeking a second term. Probing such subversion at the CIA might have been an interesting exercise for an investigative reporter, but that is not what this book is about.

Malkin: Who is Paul Pillar? (NYT Anonymous Leaker on NIE ID'd as ex-CIA official?)

17 posted on 10/07/2006 11:50:31 AM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: STARWISE
Instead, he was an impassioned, angry activist who accused me of "outing a CIA agent" and breaking the law. Since the Nation had never before been concerned with the protection of intelligence agents, I suspected political motives behind Corn's outrage.

I may be going out on a limb here, but I suspect DC has had more than one intimate IM conversation with a teenage boy.


18 posted on 10/07/2006 11:54:00 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Howlin

Thanks for the ping. I always enjoy Novak's columns and looking for the hidden previously-undisclosed gems he seems to have in each one.


19 posted on 10/07/2006 11:56:22 AM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: STARWISE

This is probably Novak's best oped he has written in this decade.


20 posted on 10/07/2006 11:56:25 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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