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NOVAK: 'NOBODY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CALLED ME TO LEAK THIS'
Drudge Report ^ | 09/29/03

Posted on 09/29/2003 1:49:52 PM PDT by Pokey78

Edited on 09/29/2003 2:01:54 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

In July I was interviewing a senior administration official on Ambassador Wilson's report when he told the trip was inspired by his wife, a CIA employee working on weapons of mass destruction. Another senior official told me the same thing. As a professional journalist with 46 years experience in Washington I do not reveal confidential sources. When I called the CIA in July to confirm Mrs. Wilson's involvement in the mission for her husband -- he is a former Clitnon administration official -- they asked me not to use her name, but never indicated it would endanger her or anybody else. According to a confidential source at the CIA, Mrs. Wilson was an analyst, not a spy, not a covert operator, and not in charge of an undercover operatives...


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KEYWORDS: bushbashing; cia; josephwilson; lyingliars; mediabias; novak; robertnovak; whitehouse
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1 posted on 09/29/2003 1:49:52 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Btttt... a Clinton Administration Holdover? OUCH! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA ahem. Sorry.
2 posted on 09/29/2003 1:51:13 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (I like my women like I like my coffee - Hot, and in a big cup)
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To: Pokey78
Is this Novak's first draft? Reads like one.
3 posted on 09/29/2003 1:51:37 PM PDT by Shermy (Show us the Maryland pond "glove box"!)
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To: Pokey78
Mr. Wilson!!!!!
4 posted on 09/29/2003 1:52:01 PM PDT by b4its2late (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: Pokey78
Ya beat me! Hope the Dems eat crow on this one. Wonder if they still want that inquiry?
5 posted on 09/29/2003 1:52:18 PM PDT by DittoJed2 (Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it,derived from our Maker- John Adams)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Btttt... a Clinton Administration Holdover? OUCH! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA ahem. Sorry

Isn't that what Rush predicted (or knew) just before he signed off today? Rush is awesome!

6 posted on 09/29/2003 1:54:37 PM PDT by NYC Republican
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To: Pokey78
Wilson's got his 15 minutes of fame... Time for a book deal!
7 posted on 09/29/2003 1:55:06 PM PDT by b4its2late (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: DittoJed2
By an eyelash. hehe

Another DemocRat wish goes down the drain.
8 posted on 09/29/2003 1:55:40 PM PDT by Pokey78 ("I thought this country was founded on a principle of progressive taxation." Wesley Clark to Russert)
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To: Timesink; Dog; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom
Read what Novak says about how he came by the information regarding Wilson's wife. Just released.

Says also Wilson's wife is NOT an operative for the CIA, but rather a more garden variety sort of analyst.
9 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:08 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: b4its2late
Mr. Wilson!!!!!

Dennis!!!!!!!!!!!

10 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:14 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Pokey78
Karl Rove made him say this ...
11 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:16 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: Pokey78
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/991629/posts


Wilson: I Made Up Rove Leak Allegation
Newsmax.com ^ | 9/29/03 | Carl Limbacher


Posted on 09/29/2003 11:23 AM PDT by truthandlife


Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Joseph Wilson admitted Monday morning that he fabricated a key part of his allegation that the White House deliberately blew his wife's cover as a CIA weapons analyst.

Wilson has accused top Bush political strategist Karl Rove of leaking the name to columnist Robert Novak, telling a Seattle audience last month that he wanted "to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs."

But he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday that he got "carried away" and made up the Rove allegation out of thin air.

"In one speech I gave out in Seattle not too long ago, I mentioned the name Karl Rove," Wilson told GMA. "I think I was probably carried away by the spirit of the moment."

Wilson then confessed, "I don't have any knowledge that Karl Rove himself was either the leaker or the authorizer of the leak."

Wilson insisted, however, "I have great confidence that, at a minimum, [Rove] condoned it and certainly did nothing to shut it down."
12 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (May our brave warriors kill all of the Islamokazis/facists/nazis to prevent future 9/11's.)
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To: Pokey78
If there was a leak at all, does anyone believe that it was a democrat?
I am doubtful that there was a leak per se' seems to me that everyone knew Mrs. Wilson was a CIA agent, she got her husband the job.
13 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:34 PM PDT by Burlem
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To: NYC Republican
I tried to listen to Rush over the internet today and it wouldn't let me. It kept saying that access is denied.
I am a 24/7 member.
14 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:35 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (If it weren't for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all!!!)
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To: Pokey78
MUAHAHAHAHAHA!! The main story for the evening news just got BLOWN!
15 posted on 09/29/2003 1:56:44 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Pokey78
So this is why Schumer called off his press conference. hahahah

Both Novak and Wilson have backed away from the WHite House claim.
16 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:05 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
It appears that the "esteemed" Mr. Novak has no intention of being associated, or taken down, with this now obvious rat operation. Look for the rats to mount big CYA spin!!
17 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:10 PM PDT by woodyinscc
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To: b4its2late
Tony Blair left this African connection ON THE TABLE, didn't he??
18 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:23 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Pokey78; aristeides; seamole; Wordsmith
In July I was interviewing a senior administration official on amb. Wilson's report when he told the trip was inspired by his wife, a CIA employee working on weapons of mass destruction. Another senior official told me the same thing.

That's quite a "comma." Yet again it's unclear - did a SAO tell Novak that she was a CIA agent? Novak is an experienced wordsmith, ya gotta read them closely.

When I called the CIA in July to confirm Mrs. Wilson's involvement in the mission for her husband

What, wifey wouldn't tell Mr. Wilson what she was doing? Novak intervening? IMO Novak is spinning, poorly, because he's pressed for immediate response. He might be trying to spin it to allow an anti-Admin interpretation - and Novak was "anti-war" as they come.

Or it could be an Admin. Source. But the first article clearly did not say that's who told Novak the lady was CIA. This statement is fuzzier.

19 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:30 PM PDT by Shermy (Show us the Maryland pond "glove box"!)
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To: Pokey78
We will not see this first thing on Perky Katie's show tomorrow morning.
20 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:41 PM PDT by ctlpdad (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.)
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To: Pokey78
"According to a confidential source at the CIA, Mrs. Wilson was an analyst, not a spy, not a covert operator, and not in charge of an undercover operatives..."

If she is an analyst and not a covert operator then it might not be a crime to reveal her identity. This may be much ado about nothing.
21 posted on 09/29/2003 1:57:52 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Pokey78
http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.asp?ref=/may/may200309291022.asp



September 29, 2003, 10:22 a.m.
Spy Games
Was it really a secret that Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA?

It's the top story in the Washington Post this morning as well as in many other media outlets. Who leaked the fact that the wife of Joseph C. Wilson IV worked for the CIA?

What also might be worth asking: "Who didn't know?"

I believe I was the first to publicly question the credibility of Mr. Wilson, a retired diplomat sent to Niger to look into reports that Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase yellowcake uranium for his nuclear-weapons program.

On July 6, Mr. Wilson wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in which he said: "I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."

On July 11, I wrote a piece for NRO arguing that Mr. Wilson had no basis for that conclusion — and that his political leanings and associations (not disclosed by the Times and others journalists interviewing him) cast serious doubt on his objectivity.

On July 14, Robert Novak wrote a column in the Post and other newspapers naming Mr. Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.

That wasn't news to me. I had been told that — but not by anyone working in the White House. Rather, I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhand manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.

I chose not to include it (I wrote a second NRO piece on this issue on July 18) because it didn't seem particularly relevant to the question of whether or not Mr. Wilson should be regarded as a disinterested professional who had done a thorough investigation into Saddam's alleged attempts to purchase uranium in Africa.

What did appear relevant could easily be found in what the CIA would call "open sources." For example, Mr. Wilson had long been a bitter critic of the current administration, writing in such left-wing publications as The Nation that under President Bush, "America has entered one of it periods of historical madness" and had "imperial ambitions."

What's more, he was affiliated with the pro-Saudi Middle East Institute and he had recently been the keynote speaker for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, a far-Left group that opposed not only the U.S. military intervention in Iraq but also the sanctions and the no-fly zones that protected Iraqi Kurds and Shias from being slaughtered by Saddam.

Mr. Wilson is now saying (on C-SPAN this morning, for example) that he opposed military action in Iraq because he didn't believe Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and he foresaw the possibility of a difficult occupation. In fact, prior to the U.S. invasion, Mr. Wilson told ABC's Dave Marash that if American troops were sent into Iraq, Saddam might "use a biological weapon in a battle that we might have. For example, if we're taking Baghdad or we're trying to take, in ground-to-ground, hand-to-hand combat."

Equally, important and also overlooked: Mr. Wilson had no apparent background or skill as an investigator. As Mr. Wilson himself acknowledged, his so-called investigation was nothing more than "eight days drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people" at the U.S. embassy in Niger. Based on those conversations, he concluded that "it was highly doubtful that any [sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq] had ever taken place."

That's hardly the same as disproving what British intelligence believed — and continues to believe: that Saddam Hussein was actively attempting to purchase uranium from somewhere in Africa. (Whether Saddam succeeded or not isn't the point; were Saddam attempting to make such purchases it would suggest that his nuclear-weapons-development program was active and ongoing.)

For some reason, this background and these questions have been consistently omitted in the Establishment media's reporting on Mr. Wilson and his charges.

There also remains this intriguing question: Was it primarily due to the fact that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the CIA that he received the Niger assignment?

Mr. Wilson has said that his mission came about following a request from Vice President Cheney. But it appears that if Mr. Cheney made the request at all, he made it of the CIA and did not know Mr. Wilson and certainly did not specify that he wanted Mr. Wilson put on the case.

It has to be seen as puzzling that the agency would deal with an inquiry from the White House on a sensitive national-security matter by sending a retired, Bush-bashing diplomat with no investigative experience. Or didn't the CIA bother to look into Mr. Wilson's background?

If that's what passes for tradecraft in Langley, we're in more trouble than any of us have realized.

— Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.
23 posted on 09/29/2003 1:58:49 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (May our brave warriors kill all of the Islamokazis/facists/nazis to prevent future 9/11's.)
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To: Pokey78
BTTT
24 posted on 09/29/2003 1:59:01 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Grampa Dave
I love watching the democrats fall all to pieces....
25 posted on 09/29/2003 1:59:38 PM PDT by b4its2late (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: Peach
Schumer did call for an independent prosecutor today. It was just not carried - at least by Fox. Perhaps he just made the statement, as Kerry did. Fox did report that Schumer made the call for the independent prosecutor, however.
26 posted on 09/29/2003 1:59:57 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Grampa Dave
"Wilson insisted, however, "I have great confidence that, at a minimum, [Rove] condoned it and certainly did nothing to shut it down.""

Funny how Wilson criticizes the minimal evidence behind Bush’s claim while making up stuff with zero evidence for his own.

27 posted on 09/29/2003 1:59:57 PM PDT by elfman2
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To: Ben Hecks
We were speculating on another thread that she was NOT an operative but rather an analyst and we don't think it's a federal crime to reveal analyst's names, although it seems exceedingly unwise.
28 posted on 09/29/2003 2:00:09 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
You may laugh about it being a Clinton holdover but I think Clinton holdovers are GWs biggest weakness!
29 posted on 09/29/2003 2:00:30 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: b4its2late
This statement could read as if Wilson told Novak his wife was a CIA agent. And the Admin. confirmed.

Hence, Wilson was the leaker. His Karl Rove statement was made out of fear of his own exposure. Probably denied to wife he ever said it.

Still, Novak's language is stilted.

30 posted on 09/29/2003 2:00:55 PM PDT by Shermy (Show us the Maryland pond "glove box"!)
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To: Peach
So this is why Schumer called off his press conference. hahahah

Did he call it off

I thought he had it

31 posted on 09/29/2003 2:01:01 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: NYC Republican
I can't say it's true, but it is consistant. He never said that two administration officials told him that Valerie was in the CIA. He said that they told him that she recommended her husband for the Niger (apparently pronounced "nee-shaire") job.

VDD (very desperate democrats)
32 posted on 09/29/2003 2:01:04 PM PDT by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: dandelion
"MUAHAHAHAHAHA!! The main story for the evening news just got BLOWN!"

They will still run with it, they just won't mention this. You're giving them to much credit with being honest.

33 posted on 09/29/2003 2:01:13 PM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: Grampa Dave
News at the top of the hour are still sticking with the leaking to Novak story......
34 posted on 09/29/2003 2:01:47 PM PDT by b4its2late (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
I'm not a 24/7 subscriber, but I listen to Rush nearly everyday via Chicago's WLS radio website: www.wlsam.com. They have a listen live option.
35 posted on 09/29/2003 2:02:36 PM PDT by macamadamia
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To: Peach
Teeney Tommy is sad.

Ketchup Kerry has a long face.

Chuck's a schmuck and...

Hitlery is doing her "off with their heads" routine.

It's a great day!!

36 posted on 09/29/2003 2:03:10 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: gunnedah
I think Clinton holdovers are GWs biggest weakness!

Agreed. And we thought Clinton was a bad man when he fired all of Bush 41's AG's......

37 posted on 09/29/2003 2:03:13 PM PDT by b4its2late (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: Mo1
I mis-typed! I don't know that Schumer called it off - it's an assumption since it wasn't carried.

I rather think had he actually held his press conference, the liberal press, in all their glee, would have happily given up valuable ad/soap operate time to cover it.

Rush indicated there were big surprises ahead; I'm wondering if this is one of them. He said he knew something he wasn't at liberty to discuss.
38 posted on 09/29/2003 2:03:24 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: facedown
DU'ers are going Chernobyl over this.
39 posted on 09/29/2003 2:03:54 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Peach
But we are still left with the fact that Mr. Wilson revealed to the media the substance of his report to Mr. Bush, which report must have been classified.

Perhaps Mr. Wilson was simply using a good offense as a defense.

40 posted on 09/29/2003 2:03:57 PM PDT by Montfort
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To: Pokey78
Must have been the same Senior Administrative Official that told General Clark to hush up?? What a pack of liars! Some heads should roll on this one, but they are all unnamed heads? Predicted this 20 mins ago.

Pray for GW and the Truth

41 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:05 PM PDT by bray ( Old Glory Stands for Freedom)
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To: woodyinscc
Wendell Goler and John Gibson are busy spinning for the RATS and Wilson right now! We have no friends at Fox, believe me. They are no better than CNN! Schumer on now on tape saying the President doesn't care and is not looking into this and there should be an independent prosecutor.
42 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:24 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: NYC Republican
Isn't that what Rush predicted (or knew) just before he signed off today? Rush is awesome!

Awesome my ass.

National Review reported this fact two months ago.

43 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:25 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Wait4Truth
I heard Schumer was making the call for one, but don't think he actually carried through with a live press conference.

That's just an assumption my part, however, as I think the press would have gleefully covered it.
44 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:38 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: b4its2late
This is like the Yellowcake Scam that they tried with Wilson to electronically lynch GW this past summer.

Now they are trying to electronically lynch Rove.
45 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:52 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (May our brave warriors kill all of the Islamokazis/facists/nazis to prevent future 9/11's.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Here's a link to the source of the leak.

BIO-AMBASSADOR JOSEPH C. WILSON, IV-Middle East Institute

The last paragraph reads: "He is married to the former Valerie Plame and has two sons and two daughters."

Wilson is the leak, and a rabid peacenick clintonista liar.

46 posted on 09/29/2003 2:04:53 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: Peach
Rush indicated there were big surprises ahead; I'm wondering if this is one of them. He said he knew something he wasn't at liberty to discuss

I heard that .. he said it was surprise us

nothing the Libs do surprises me

47 posted on 09/29/2003 2:05:16 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Peach
I was just going to ask if Schumer had his press conference. I hadn't seen anything on the Web about his call for an investigation during a press conference.

Looks like this storm is over before it began.
48 posted on 09/29/2003 2:05:17 PM PDT by zencat
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To: Sacajaweau
Yes, and there was a thread on FR this afternoon that Kerry has asked for a special investigation. He's always a day late and a dollar short.
49 posted on 09/29/2003 2:05:37 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
The radio station here at the top of the hour report is still reporting it.
50 posted on 09/29/2003 2:06:02 PM PDT by Alissa
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