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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...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bushbashing; cia; josephwilson; lyingliars; mediabias; novak; robertnovak; whitehouse
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To: windchime
As I said, he was reading from an Esquire article, I almost fell on the floor....
If it is untrue, someone needs to contact msnbc/Keith Olbermann and have him retract it..
502 posted on 09/29/2003 5:40:41 PM PDT by Merovingian
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To: Merovingian
BULL ... You don't like George .. afraid you outed yourself
503 posted on 09/29/2003 5:41:07 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Mo1
OH, CARTER!!! Who ALSO asked the Soviet Union to help him defeat Reagan!! I forgot about that little weasel!

This sounds JUST LIKE Carter (and Clinton as well).

504 posted on 09/29/2003 5:42:12 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: cwboelter
The radio newsbreaks are heating up. My last broadcaster said that the release of Wilson's wifes name by the WH was in retaliation to silence Bush's critics on the Iraq war. He continued, by saying that government officials were tracking down all the agents she had come in contact with over the last 5 years, to make sure none of them are in danger. This is getting way blown out of proportion. I don't believe this "outing" was so much in retaliation, but rather to show the conflicts of interest with Wilson and his wife...and his past record. So much credibility was being given to Wilson (and his report) while nobody was looking at his motives and his wifes connection to getting him this assignment. This will not be over soon, I fear.
505 posted on 09/29/2003 5:42:53 PM PDT by cwb
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To: VRWC For Truth
I am watching Wilson on CSpan from earlier today. This crap about the leak isn't the deal at all, what it does is give him some amount of credibility among the anti-war crowd. He wants Bush advisors (I missed which ones) to be fired, the Congress to say know to the 87 billion dollar request and the UN to take over in Iraq. He wants the robust debate on Iraq that the "less than forthcoming" Bush administration has failed to conduct.
506 posted on 09/29/2003 5:43:36 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Mo1
LOL

I don't LIKE Georgie, and I don't DISlike him, I do not KNOW him, NOR do YOU!

I DID VOTE for him.
507 posted on 09/29/2003 5:43:47 PM PDT by Merovingian
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To: Miss Marple
Your post is just awful and probably very true. What on earth has this country come to???
509 posted on 09/29/2003 5:44:35 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Ben Hecks
Let's start a call for the publication of the Wilson report. Then we can have a REpublican toss the report into the air and call it a big LIE -- just like some DEM loser did with the report from Bremer on Iraq. That was one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen!
510 posted on 09/29/2003 5:44:57 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Merovingian
The statement that Rove was fired by the first Bush administration was disproven today by PhiKapMom on another thread regarding this matter.

511 posted on 09/29/2003 5:45:47 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
Fine, peach...phikapmom needs to contact msnbc with her proof so that Keith retracts it tomorrow night...
512 posted on 09/29/2003 5:47:37 PM PDT by Merovingian
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks for finding those exact comments of Putin from Saturday. Another Freeper thought there may be a tie in to this matter and Putin's most curious comments.
513 posted on 09/29/2003 5:48:33 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: ontos-on
Wait a minute. The headline says Novak says no one at WH called him. But the story says that he was interviewing a an administration offical.

The accusation against the White House was that a WH official was calling journalists leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative. The implication was that the WH shopped this info to six journalists, and Novak printed it.

Novak says that the WH didn't contact him, that he contacted them and that the woman was not a covert operative but an analyst.

514 posted on 09/29/2003 5:48:43 PM PDT by alnick
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To: Peach
Anyone have the telephone numbers of NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS etc... I remember seeing a list before with all the numbers.

Email just doesn't cut it. I think we should phone in mass and get them to set the record straight.

Sue Wilson for libel Karl, sue him for every penny he's got.
515 posted on 09/29/2003 5:49:14 PM PDT by Republican Red
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To: Mo1
Personally, I think Wilson's wife should be questioned as to why she would recommend someone (i.e., her husband), WHO HAS NO CIA TRAINING, to go to Niger in the first place? If the CIA is so stupid as to agree with it, then the CIA should be investigated also.
516 posted on 09/29/2003 5:49:20 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Merovingian
I am right here -- Texas Monthly had the article about Rove only being in Texas politics!
517 posted on 09/29/2003 5:51:14 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicron Pi Mom too! -- Visit http://www.georgewbush.com!)
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To: Miss Marple
Thank you for highlighting Putin's statement. I'm scatterbrained these days and did not follow his visit as closely as I would have liked.

Food for thought, there.....
518 posted on 09/29/2003 5:51:30 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Merovingian
So you are believing the lamestream media? Speaks volumes.
519 posted on 09/29/2003 5:51:38 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
I just googled Robert Novak himself. Rove was fired in 1992, but not from the national campaign, and not about Robert Mosbacher senior. Rove was fired from the Texas committee, about a leak regarding Robert Mosbacher Jr the son. The committee was called Victory 92. However, Novak denied that Rove was the one who leaked.

Novak says it was Bob Mosbacher Jr who fired him, not Senior, and that Rove continued to work for the National Bush campaign as an operative.

I hope that clears everything up for everybody. From Novak's mouth himself. Novak Column P.S. Novak says it was a Senior Bush aide who leaked about Mosbacher Jr, and Rove wasn't involved. However Mosbacher Jr was convinced it was him, and canned Rove from the Texas committee period.

520 posted on 09/29/2003 5:52:20 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: Republican Red
I used to have all those numbers before my computer crash; sorry.
521 posted on 09/29/2003 5:52:39 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks, I missed all of this, this weekend.
522 posted on 09/29/2003 5:52:39 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: PhiKapMom
read my last post. Novak cleared this up, last year.
523 posted on 09/29/2003 5:52:46 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: Miss Marple
I believe it is significant he made this statement in a LIVE press conference, so it would be heard just as he stated it. There was also affirmation of the relationship with President Bush as Bush has described it.

I lean toward your individuals list. The statement was made in the style of a revelation. It wouldn't be a surprise to anyone if the usual suspect countries were involved.
524 posted on 09/29/2003 5:53:10 PM PDT by windchime
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To: Merovingian
Was that Keith like in Olberman?

Even Brit's show today must have been taped because they were will still running with Novak said it was a WH official that leaked.
525 posted on 09/29/2003 5:53:27 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicron Pi Mom too! -- Visit http://www.georgewbush.com!)
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To: Merovingian
You could have done this yourself, but since you aren't like to, I'll post what another Freeper just posted:

I just googled Robert Novak himself. Rove was fired in 1992, but not from the national campaign, and not about Robert Mosbacher senior. Rove was fired from the Texas committee, about a leak regarding Robert Mosbacher Jr the son. The committee was called Victory 92. However, Novak denied that Rove was the one who leaked.
526 posted on 09/29/2003 5:53:38 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
He is a disrupter at the very least, and probably a mole out of his long sleep. 11 posts since 1999 and all in the last three days.
527 posted on 09/29/2003 5:53:52 PM PDT by woodyinscc
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To: Mo1
If want I am thinking is true .. this could be REALLY big

But, will it ever come out into the open??

528 posted on 09/29/2003 5:55:09 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: woodyinscc
I figured. It just feels so good to use facts when dealing with someone like that!
529 posted on 09/29/2003 5:55:18 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
And JUST WHERE do you read that I BELIEVE anything????

So much presumptiousness among non-thinking posters.

If there is even a HINT of the slightest lack of lock-step agreement, the assumptions/presumptions start...
530 posted on 09/29/2003 5:57:01 PM PDT by Merovingian
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To: Peach
google is my friend. Just typed in Novak Rove Mosbacher 1992, and the first thing listed was Novak's column.
531 posted on 09/29/2003 5:57:31 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: IA5GWH
I hope you can have someone in your office read this entire thread.
532 posted on 09/29/2003 5:58:13 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Conservative women LIKE men!)
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To: Peach
I read a bio earlier today which was linked from another thread, but the only mention of the wife was her name, not her profession. Maybe there's something else out there.
533 posted on 09/29/2003 5:58:18 PM PDT by alnick
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To: PhiKapMom
No, that was Keith as in OLBERMANN
534 posted on 09/29/2003 5:58:34 PM PDT by Merovingian
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To: BushisTheMan
If the CIA is so stupid as to agree with it, then the CIA should be investigated also.

You assume the CIA is "stupid."

And not infiltrated by a nation with the initials "S.A."

Just a theory.

535 posted on 09/29/2003 5:59:14 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: dogbyte12
Thanks -- I thought Novak had cleared this up. I knew Rove wasn't fired from Pres Bush's #41 campaign -- it was something in Texas which turned out he was not the leaker anyways. I know people that worked the 1992 campaign and one of them never met Rove until 2000 so I knew Rove wasn't in that Presidential campaign but back in Texas.
536 posted on 09/29/2003 5:59:20 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicron Pi Mom too! -- Visit http://www.georgewbush.com!)
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To: Miss Marple
OH, CARTER!!! Who ALSO asked the Soviet Union to help him defeat Reagan!! I forgot about that little weasel!

No we can't forget the little weasel .. he was everywhere talking to people before the war

537 posted on 09/29/2003 5:59:24 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Wolfstar
You're right. And add to the Leak Syndrome the fact that reporters and "media experts" many times attend the same parties and functions where a lot of chatting is going on. (I stated earlier that Wilson is listed as a "Media Resource" by the Middle East Institute.)

It's truly an effort by the incestuous bunch to make President Bush and his administration look like liars with something to hide. Didn't work in July and it won't work this time. WE WON'T LET THEIR LITTLE SCHEME WORK, WILL WE, FREEPERS?

538 posted on 09/29/2003 6:00:29 PM PDT by arasina
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To: Pokey78
So when does Chucky Shumer apologize?
539 posted on 09/29/2003 6:01:42 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Merovingian
What ever
540 posted on 09/29/2003 6:01:54 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: alnick
There are reports bubbling that Valerie Plame was actually an operative for a while, but became an analyst after her husband retired.

Who knows on that one. The other thing I just googled up was Novak's comments after he wrote his column and he was being questioned on it.

Novak is dissembling. Either now or then. On July 22nd, this ran in Newsday

Novak, in an interview, said his sources had come to him with the information. "I didn't dig it out, it was given to me," he said. "They thought it was significant, they gave me the name and I used it."

I don't know honestly if Novak was telling the truth then when he said it was handed to him, and she was an operative, or now when he said that it was during a routine interview and she was only an analyst.

Novak is not telling the truth at one point in time here. It's a question of which Novak you want to believe.

541 posted on 09/29/2003 6:02:33 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: BushisTheMan
Let's start a call for the publication of the Wilson report

Just one problem .. he didn't prepare a report

542 posted on 09/29/2003 6:03:15 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Lady Heron
But, will it ever come out into the open??

I really don't know

543 posted on 09/29/2003 6:07:09 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: dogbyte12
Is it possible that Novak is himself the leaker and decided to throw a couple anonymous WH officials in for cover? After all, as Cliff May said today, Wilson's wifes identity/job was not a secret among those in the beltway. Novak gets a headline and never has to reveal his sources.
544 posted on 09/29/2003 6:09:50 PM PDT by cwb
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To: dogbyte12
Novak is not telling the truth at one point in time here. It's a question of which Novak you want to believe.

At this point, I don't believe EITHER Novak. They are both liars. Either the White House tried to peddle the story or they didn't. It now appears that they didn't but the damage is done. Maybe that's all Novak wanted in the first place.

545 posted on 09/29/2003 6:12:48 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Mo1
Part of the problem I see here is Novak. He didn't earn the moniker Robert NoFacts for nothing. His motives are suspect in part of this. Remember he was opposed to the Iraqi war.

Why did he take this leak and print it? Can he be trying to passively aggressively destroy the white house? He knew better than to leak this out. Even if Valerie Plame was a janitor, you don't leak out CIA agents identities, even if the request not to do so was mild.

He is dissembling on Valerie Plame's status. 3 networks now have stated that she ran informants, and that the CIA is checking the damage. So, it gets muddled. The sense I can make of it is that Plame used to run informants under cover as the ambassador's wife, but has now shifted to work as an analyst. She may not have assets now, but she could have assets from 5-10 years ago who would be nervous about this leak.

Who did the leak benefit? The democrats. Novak shouldn't have agreed to do the leak, because it could only cause blowback. I am now of the opinion that Rove was not involved at all, but it was a 28 year old jackass who thought he was going to play Nixon plumber squad. The 6 other reporters realized the person was being an ass, and refused to report this for national security reasons, as well as the anger of the White House for printing something so stupid with no side benefits.

Further Novak is damaging the White House further with his purposeful evasions. He could let people know that no "professional" was involved, but is using his reporter source shield to actually make the story worse.

Somebody not to bright was the person to talk to Novak, and Rove has never been accused of that crime.

546 posted on 09/29/2003 6:15:24 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: cwboelter
"There is a complete media blitz attacking Bush from every angle. I've never seen the liberal media this rabid."


I've seen a couple of interviews about the Time issue this week. Haven't had the stomach to read it, yet. I certainly don't subscribe to it.

I posted the Time article from January 2001 to document the statement by Podesta that President Bush was going to have 4 years to undo the stuff they (Clinton admin) had done. I'd take that to include moles in all governmental agencies which brings us to possible suspects regarding this topic.

I remembered Podesta's statement, but couldn't remember where I'd seen it until I found it recently. Time probably wasn't aware of just what they were revealing in reporting the comment.
547 posted on 09/29/2003 6:17:55 PM PDT by windchime
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To: Wait4Truth
Is Novak really being inconsistent? After all, "administration officials" covers any agency, CIA included, clinTOON holdovers included, etc. "White House" officials are simply a subset of "administration officials."
548 posted on 09/29/2003 6:18:47 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." GWB 9/20/01)
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To: Mo1; BushisTheMan
If Wilson made an official trip but did not submit a written report, the whole thing smells. I hope someone brings this issue to light.
549 posted on 09/29/2003 6:19:56 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: dogbyte12
Adding to my thoughts...

Novak was dead against the Iraqi war. Why would he try to carry water for the White House in leaking this story? Logically, he would want to not weaken Wilson, because Wilson was on Novak's side on this one.

Novak knew that the blowback would be bad on this one. If I was Karl Rove, I would have the White House do the following.

Attack Robert Novak. Say he was being duplicitous in leaking the CIA agents name. Give up the junior staffers who did this. Say that Novak did a disservice to his country for manipulating young go getters, and he should be ashamed of himself.

The White House does not want/need to be linked to Novak here. Novak is running his own agenda.

550 posted on 09/29/2003 6:21:28 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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