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  • Michael Isikoff Exits NBC News

    04/15/2014 9:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014 | John Nolte
    Michael Isikoff, the left-wing journalist most famous for getting scooped on The Story of the Decade by Matt Drudge, is exiting NBC News ... It was during his time with Newsweek that Isikoff became yet-another icon of a mainstream media more interested in protecting power than holding power accountable. In 1998, Isikoff had uncovered the affair between then-President Bill Clinton and a young intern named Monica Lewinski. Newsweek, however, refused to publish the story. So Drudge did -- not the story but the news that Newsweek was refusing to explode its own bombshell... -- and an era in New Media...
  • Justice case against alleged leaker collapses

    06/09/2011 9:01:52 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9 June 2011 | Michael Isikoff
    In a major blow to the Justice Department, one of its biggest leak prosecutions in years all but collapsed late Thursday when federal prosecutors withdrew all their felony charges against a former National Security Agency official accused of providing classified information to a journalist. Instead, under a plea deal reached with prosecutors, former NSA official Thomas Drake has agreed to plead guilty in federal court on Friday to a single misdemeanor count of "exceeding authorized use of a computer" -- a minor charge for which he will receive no jail time, a senior administration official told NBC. “This is close...
  • Hawaii official denounces 'ludicrous' birther claims

    04/10/2011 10:01:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 199 replies
    msDNC ^ | 4/10/11 | Michael Isikoff
    Comments follow statements by Donald Trump questioning legitimacy of president's birth record The Hawaiian state health official who personally reviewed Barack Obama's original birth certificate has affirmed again that the document is "real" and denounced "conspiracy theorists" in the so-called "birther" movement for continuing to spread bogus claims about the issue. Other political news of note Ryan defends plan for Medicare redesign House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan defended his plan to redesign the government’s biggest health insurance plans on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, saying it was necessary to avert a sovereign debt crisis. Hawaii official denounces 'ludicrous' birther...
  • Exclusive: A U.S. Intelligence Breakthrough in the Persian Gulf? (Pure BS!)

    02/14/2010 2:08:01 PM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 939+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 2/14/2010 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    U.S. intelligence officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen, two counter-terrorism sources tell Declassified. In late January, an Al Qaeda operative headed from Pakistan on his way to Yemen was arrested in the Persian Gulf country of Oman, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed. There has been no public announcement of the arrest. But in a possible indication of the operative's importance, just a few days later,...
  • Can the FBI Secretly Track Your Cell Phone?

    02/11/2010 11:08:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 115 replies · 1,694+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | Michael Isikoff
    The Justice Department is poised this week to publicly defend a little-known law-enforcement practice that critics say may be the "sleeper" privacy issue of the 21st century: the collection of cell-phone "tracking" records that identify the physical locations where the phones have been. It may come as a surprise to most of the owners of the country's 277 million cell phones, but their cell-phone company retains records of where their device has been at all times—either because the phones have tiny GPS devices embedded inside or because each phone call is routed through towers that can be used to pinpoint...
  • Watch Who You’re Calling a Liar (Panetta orders internal probe of secret spy program)

    07/09/2009 9:15:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 98 replies · 6,774+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 7-9-09 | Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff
    Panetta orders internal probe of secret spy program after some members of Congress say CIA misled them. ### CIA Director Leon Panetta has ordered an internal inquiry into the agency's handling of a contentious and still highly classified intelligence program that has caused a heated dispute between the CIA and Democrats on the House intelligence committee. The move by Panetta appears to be an implicit acknowledgment by the agency that it should have disclosed information about the post-9/11 secret program to Congress much earlier than it did. *snip* CIA and congressional officials have refused to describe the nature of the...
  • 'We Don't Need No Stinkin' Transparency!'

    06/21/2009 7:01:50 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 21 replies · 935+ views
    American Spectator ^ | June 21, 2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reports on the loophole -- big enough to drive the White House visitor's log through -- in the Obama administration's "transparency" policy: As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies.
  • Obama Closes Doors on Openness

    06/20/2009 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 24 replies · 2,347+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jun 20, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series
  • Friendly Fire at the White House (Obama's liberal base takes aim over terror policies.)

    05/22/2009 8:59:09 PM PDT · by littlehouse36 · 28 replies · 1,152+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 5/21/2009 | Michael Isikoff
    Fending off criticism from human-rights and civil-rights groups at a private White House meeting Wednesday, a frustrated President Obama complained about the "mess" he'd been left by his predecessor. The exchange came during an hour-and-15-minute "off the record" session in the White House cabinet room that highlighted growing tensions between the president and his liberal base. While the White House session was billed as an effort by the president to listen to his critics on the left, some of them left disappointed. According to three sources who attended the meeting, Obama reiterated his intention to retain a version of the...
  • No Pardon For Libby

    01/19/2009 6:47:50 PM PST · by Justaham · 27 replies · 1,058+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1-19-09 | Michael Isikoff
    In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies, President Bush has decided not to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for his 2007 conviction in the CIA leak case, two White House officials said Monday. On Bush's last full day as president, Bush did commute the sentence of two former Border Patrol agents—Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos—for shooting a Mexican drug dealer and then lying about it. But White House press spokesman Tony Fratto told NEWSWEEK "you should not expect any more" pardons and commutations from Bush before...
  • No Pardon For Libby

    01/19/2009 2:31:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,540+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | January 19, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies, President Bush has decided not to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for his 2007 conviction in the CIA leak case, two White House officials said Monday. On Bush's last full day as president, Bush did commute the sentence of two former Border Patrol agents—Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos—for shooting a Mexican drug dealer and then lying about it. But White House press spokesman Tony Fratto told NEWSWEEK "you should not expect any more" pardons and commutations from Bush before...
  • Obama to Pick Clinton Lawyer for Federal Probes

    01/09/2009 11:14:52 PM PST · by malkee · 27 replies · 1,291+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jan 9 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    A former top Clinton White House lawyer is in line to be nominated by Barack Obama to head the Justice Department office in charge of all federal criminal investigations, according to three transition sources. Lanny A. Breuer, who played a key role in defending Bill Clinton during impeachment and related criminal and congressional probes during the 1990s, is slated to be nominated to assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, said the sources, all of whom asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. One of the sources said a public announcement of the...
  • If I Had Subpoena Power: Five Questions for Obama

    12/20/2008 3:47:57 PM PST · by malkee · 13 replies · 1,365+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/20/08 | Michael Isikoff
    Invoking his wartime commander-in-chief authority, NEWSWEEK Editor Jon Meacham has granted yours truly, a lowly investigative correspondent, sweeping subpoena power to demand that President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team answer all my questions about their dealings with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who stands accused of putting Obama's vacant U.S. Senate up for sale to the highest bidder. (He vowed on Dec. 19 to fight the charges "until I take my last breath.") It remains unclear whether Obama's assorted spinmeisters and lawyers will honor these subpoenas—or even return my phone calls. But in the meantime, the public at least deserves...
  • After Attacking McCain for Them, Suddenly Newsweek Finds Lobbyists Are Just Fine After All

    12/18/2008 7:46:11 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 12/18/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    During the recently completed presidential campaign, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff was all excited over his "web exclusive" piece on staffers with the McCain campaign that had connections with past lobbying efforts. Back in those days Newsweek was all about the evils of those darn lobbyists. For their part, Obama supporters at the time ballyhooed the pledges that Barack Obama had made stating that his was going to be a kinder, gentler campaign, one that chased those evil lobbyists away. Phooey on those lobbyists, became the popular mantra. But, now that The One has made a successful and historic run for the...
  • The Fed Who Blew The Whistle

    12/16/2008 1:32:20 PM PST · by Signalman · 30 replies · 1,129+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 12/13/2008 | Michael Isikoff
    Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government's most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed Tamm's background, his friends and associates, and determined him trustworthy. It's easy to see why: he comes from a family of high-ranking FBI officials. During his childhood, he played under the desk of J. Edgar Hoover, and as an adult, he enjoyed a long and successful career as a prosecutor. Now gray-haired, 56 and fighting a paunch, Tamm prides himself on his personal rectitude. He has what his 23-year-old son,...
  • A Freddie Mac Money Trail Catches Up With McCain

    09/27/2008 5:07:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 84 replies · 2,103+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Sep 27, 2008 | Michael Isikoff and Holly Bailey
    Few advisers in John McCain's inner circle inspire more loyalty from him than campaign manager Rick Davis. McCain and his wife, Cindy, credit the shrewd, and sometimes volatile, Republican insider with rescuing the campaign last year when it was out of money and on the verge of collapse. As a result, McCain has always defended him—even when faced with tough questions about the foreign lobbying clients of Davis's high-powered consulting firm. "Rick is a friend, and I trust him," McCain told NEWSWEEK last year. Last week, though, McCain's trust in Davis was tested again amid disclosures that Freddie Mac, the...
  • Palin and Alaska's Muslim Population

    09/12/2008 8:22:20 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 57 replies · 263+ views
    Newsweek ^ | September 11, 2008 | Michael Isikoff
    Most Alaskans may seem excited about Gov. Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate. But there’s at least one group of her constituents that has had a more subdued reaction: the state’s Muslims. There are only about 2,000 to 3,000 Muslims in Alaska, and, while there are no mosques, Anchorage (which is home to most of the state's Muslims) does have an Islamic Community Center, located in a rented office in a strip mall, where members pray on Fridays. But Osama Obeida, the center’s vice president, said his group has never had any contacts at all with Alaska’s governor....
  • Team McCain and the Trooper

    09/06/2008 8:16:27 AM PDT · by steve-b · 31 replies · 310+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 9/5/08 | Michael Isikoff & Mark Hosenball
    Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called "October surprise" that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election. In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska's bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called "troopergate" investigation....
  • Veepstakes: A New Name [Obama VP pick delayed]

    08/02/2008 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 53 replies · 181+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Aug 11, 2008 | Michael Isikoff
    The "shortlist" of options to be Barack Obama's running mate is longer than most media accounts have suggested. In addition to the familiar front runners—Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine—there are at least two other veepstakes contenders: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who enraged Hillary Clinton supporters by endorsing Obama during the primaries, and a genuine dark horse, TexasRep. Chet Edwards, whose district includes President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford. Obama's campaign had hoped to announce his pick this week to grab the spotlight before the Beijing Olympics. But now a decision...
  • Obama’s Lobbyist Connection

    05/25/2008 12:54:55 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 2 replies · 104+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 25thl, 2008 | Michael Isikoff
    When Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison wanted state lawmakers to back a hefty rate hike two years ago, it took a creative lobbying approach, concocting a new outfit that seemed devoted to the public interest: Consumers Organized for Reliable Electricity, or CORE. CORE ran TV ads warning of a "California-style energy crisis" if the rate increase wasn't approved—but without disclosing the commercials were funded by Commonwealth Edison. The ad campaign provoked a brief uproar when its ties to the utility, which is owned by Exelon Corp., became known. "It's corporate money trying to hoodwink the public," the state's Democratic Lt. Gov....
  • McCain Convention Manager Resigns After NEWSWEEK Reveals Burma Ties

    05/10/2008 6:45:48 PM PDT · by RDTF · 16 replies · 1,218+ views
    CNN ^ | May 10, 2008 | Andrew Romano
    Around noon today, the powers-that-be at NEWSWEEK posted "A Convention Quandary" on our website. In the story, investigative ace Michael Isikoff reported that the man chosen by John McCain's presidential campaign to run this summer's GOP convention--Arizonan Doug Goodyear--was causing some headaches within the ranks. The problem? Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients--not the most convenient association for a candidate who's already struggling to reconcile his reputation as an anti-special interests crusader with the sizable number of lobbyists on his senior staff. Further...
  • Obama: Can’t ‘Swift Boat’ Me

    04/20/2008 10:43:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 154+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Apr 28, 2008 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    <p>Seeing Ghosts: Obama's ties to Ayers and Auchi are distant, but his foes plan to pounce .</p> <p>The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers, indicted developer Antoin Rezko and other figures from his past.</p>
  • Unintended Consequences - Spitzer got snagged by the fine print of the Patriot Act

    03/20/2008 9:24:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies · 1,008+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Mar 24, 2008 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    When Congress passed the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, law-enforcement agencies hailed it as a powerful tool to help track down the confederates of Osama bin Laden. No one expected it would end up helping to snag the likes of Eliot Spitzer. The odd connection between the antiterror law and Spitzer's trysts with call girls illustrates how laws enacted for one purpose often end up being used very differently once they're on the books. The Patriot Act gave the FBI new powers to snoop on suspected terrorists. In the fine print were provisions that gave the...
  • Here an F.O.B., There an F.O.B.

    02/06/2008 7:19:23 PM PST · by Wallaby · 11 replies · 107+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 4, 2008 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    If Hillary Clinton had been seen with a discredited former autocrat, it would have made front pages across the country. But Bill's Yalta visit went unnoticed outside Ukraine. The trip illustrates the unusual position the former president is in. He is his wife's top political adviser, and Hillary does little to downplay the idea that he would be a notable, if unofficial, presence in her administration. In speeches, she says that she would deploy her husband as a roving ambassador. Yet unlike Hillary, who must report the names of her campaign contributors and how much they give, Bill Clinton is...
  • DRUDGE report of Lewinsky scandal, 1-17-98 - plus watch the mocking YouTube sing-along

    01/17/2008 3:00:54 PM PST · by doug from upland · 13 replies · 730+ views
    JOIN THE MOCKING SING-ALONG FOR THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY (leave some appropriate mocking comments)
  • Monica turned journalism inside out (The demise of MSM alert)

    12/22/2007 3:13:48 PM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies · 181+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2007 | Don Surber
    THE Second Amendment provides a good test of the American politician. If a candidate is not going to trust the people with guns, why should we trust said candidate with the government? The equivalent test for journalists will be taken next month as the press marks the 10th anniversary of the breaking of the Monica Lewinsky story. How a newspaper or columnist describes this event tells a lot about how that newspaper or columnist views the audience. I am not talking about whether it is described as presidential perjury or a sex scandal. That is a right-left spin thing that...
  • A Pastor’s True Calling (Huckabee)

    12/09/2007 5:32:13 PM PST · by dano1 · 16 replies · 103+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/8/2007 | Holly Bailey and Michael Isikoff
    <p>For the Rev. Mike Huckabee, the podium is never far from the pulpit. Last month, just as the former Republican governor of Arkansas was unexpectedly rising in the Iowa polls, he was invited to deliver a Sunday-morning sermon at the DFW New Beginnings Church. An evangelical Christian congregation in the suburbs of Dallas (a three-hour drive from the Texarkana, Ark., church Huckabee led in the 1980s), New Beginnings is different from other megachurches in the South. It calls itself a "multicultural" ministry that upholds the Judeo-Christian tradition. The pulpit is adorned with a crucifix inside a star of David. A scattering of "messianic Jews" in the congregation wear yarmulkes. Its message is a blend of theology and self-help. God, the church Web site says, "wants to release the inner winner in you."</p>
  • An Old Face Resurfaces [Wolfowitz Back in Govt.?]

    12/02/2007 12:52:08 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 11 replies · 144+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Dec 10, 2007 Issue | Michael Isikoff
    Don't ever say the Bush administration doesn't take care of its own. Nearly three years after Paul Wolfowitz resigned as deputy Defense secretary and six months after his stormy departure as president of the World Bank—amid allegations that he improperly awarded a raise to his girlfriend—he's in line to return to public service. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has offered Wolfowitz, a prime architect of the Iraq War, a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a prestigious State Department panel, according to two department sources who declined to be identified discussing personnel matters. The 18-member panel, which...
  • Fresh Fears

    09/07/2007 6:40:10 PM PDT · by kinoxi · 53 replies · 928+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 17, 2007 issue | By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    Sept. 17, 2007 issue - Judging from a new message released this week, Osama bin Laden is still alive and plotting. The latest video-the first since October 2004-shows bin Laden looking unnaturally youthful
  • Behind Allawi's Bid for Power (Barbour Griffith & Rogers)

    09/01/2007 4:03:49 PM PDT · by AdamSelene235 · 8 replies · 394+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 29, 2007 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    The former Iraqi prime minister speaks out on how he hired a well-connected Washington lobbying firm to help pave his attempt to oust the current government. Who’s footing the bill? Aug. 29, 2007 - The powerhouse Washington lobbying firm hired by former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi is talking to the Justice Department about how to amend its foreign-agent filings after department lawyers questioned whether the firm had adequately disclosed who was paying the firm’s tab. The talks came as Allawi told NEWSWEEK that two Iraqi supporters of his were footing the $300,000 bill for the contract he recently signed...
  • Notes on a Scandal

    08/16/2007 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 594+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 15, 2007 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    Since its opening in 1957, the Islamic Center of Washington has been the city’s most prominent mosque—a center of worship for thousands of area Muslims, including many members of the capital’s diplomatic corps. President Bush even made a speech at the mosque earlier this summer. But now the Islamic Center has become immersed in a nasty court battle marked by charges of embezzlement, abuse of women and an alleged attempt to spread radical messages of hate. The fireworks began earlier this year when federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against the recently ousted business manager of the mosque, Farzad Darui....
  • The Report the CIA Didn't Want You to See (Bubba busted lying... again)

    08/23/2007 4:10:39 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 22 replies · 1,643+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | Aug 21, 2007 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20381551/site/newsweek/ In September 2006, during a famous encounter with Fox News anchor Wallace, Clinton erupted in anger and waived his finger when asked about whether his administration had done enough to get bin Laden. “What did I do? What did I do?” Clinton said at one point. “I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since.” Clinton appeared to have been referring to a December 1999 Memorandum of Notification (MON) he signed that...
  • Reporters Told to Testify in Leak Case (Jail 'em till they squeal)

    08/14/2007 7:37:17 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies · 849+ views
    yahoo ^ | 8/14/2007 | Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writer
    Judge: Reporters Must Reveal Sources in Anthrax Leak Case WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five journalists must identify the government officials who leaked them details about a scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the reporters to cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill, who accused the Justice Department and FBI of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. The reporters named in the opinion are Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, Allan Lengel of The Washington Post, Toni Locy, formerly...
  • Reporters told to testify in leak case (Who leaked details about scientist in 2001 anthrax attacks?)

    08/13/2007 8:54:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,298+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/07 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Five journalists must identify the government officials who leaked them details about a scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the reporters to cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill, who accused the Justice Department and FBI of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. The reporters named in the opinion are Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, Allan Lengel of The Washington Post, Toni Locy, formerly of USA Today, and James Stewart, formerly of CBS News....
  • Anthrax-Hatfill - Judge's order on disclosure of sources - full text

    08/13/2007 12:33:07 PM PDT · by ZacandPook · 43 replies · 2,565+ views
    http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com ^ | July 13, 2007 | District Court Judge
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA STEVEN J. HATFILL, M.D., : : Plaintiff, : : Civil Action No. 03-1793 (RBW) v. : : ALBERTO GONZALES, et al., : : Defendants. : ________________________________ MEMORANDUM OPINION Currently before the Court is the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Testimony from Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Allan Lengel, Toni Locy, and James Stewart [D.E. # 157]. Also before the Court are several motions to quash subpoenas by1 various media companies: American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, and Newsweek, Inc.’s Motion to Quash [D.E. # 152]; Motion by...
  • Melanie Phillips: Spook Wars (CIA lefties vs Dubya & co)

    05/23/2005 11:15:42 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 796+ views
    Melanie Phillips Diary ^ | May 23, 2005 | Melanie Phillips
    One of the many untold stories about the defence of the west, it seems to me, is the war within the west that has been waged by the CIA. Over and over again I hear accounts of the campaign of disinformation, lies and political point-scoring emanating from disaffected CIA operatives that has fuelled the anti-war movement. Indeed, the evidence has been all around us ever since the Iraq war started, as a steady stream of books and articles has gushed from an apparently endless line of former spooks, all placing the Bush administration in the worst possible light. There was...
  • Will Rove Testify?

    01/26/2007 9:27:34 PM PST · by woofie · 40 replies · 1,167+ views
    Drudge/Newsweek ^ | Jan 26, 2007 | Michael Isikoff
    The president's political guru—and counselor Dan Bartlett—have been subpoenaed by Scooter Libby's lawyers. What it means for the most-watched trial in Washington—and who's next on the witness stand. - White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials—including deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby. Both Rove and Bartlett have already received trial subpoenas from Libby’s defense lawyers, according to lawyers close to the case who asked not to be identified talking about sensitive matters. While that is...
  • Who Said What When (Robt. Novak)

    10/07/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 2,148+ views
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 10-16-06 | Robert Novak
    The publication of Hubris is filled with irony for David Corn, Washington editor of the left-wing Nation magazine. He was present at the creation of the Valerie Plame "scandal," which the enemies of George W. Bush hoped could bring down a president. Nobody was more responsible for bloating this episode. Yet Corn is coauthor of a book that has had the effect of killing the story. Thanks to Corn's intrepid coauthor, Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Hubris definitively revealed then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as my source that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA and suggested her...
  • NEWSWEEK “Isikoffed” the Gonzales Memo (re: Geneva Convention)

    09/18/2006 8:13:55 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies · 3,113+ views
    http://patterico.com/ ^ | September 18, 2006 | Patrick Frey
    NEWSWEEK “Isikoffed” the Gonzales Memo Since Christopher Hitchens is correcting old Dowdified quotes, I thought I’d correct one myself. This one, from a 2004 NEWSWEEK article, is a major Dowdification — in my view, every bit as egregious as Dowd’s original. What’s more, it’s still influencing lefties even today. Worse, unlike Dowd’s alteration of a Bush quote, the NEWSWEEK story didn’t even use an ellipsis to indicate what was missing. By altering an Alberto Gonzales quote in this way, NEWSWEEK managed to make Gonzales and the Bush Administration appear unreasonably dismissive of the Geneva Convention. The story was co-authored by...
  • Powell's halo knocked ajar

    09/02/2006 9:46:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 67 replies · 2,676+ views
    On July 14, 2003, a Robert Novak column in The Washington Post outed the CIA-agent wife of vociferous Bush administration critic, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson. Thus was born the "Plame Affair" which quickly became a morality tale of how an out of control Bush Administration would do anything to justify its war in Iraq. A mere three days later, journalist David Corn, summarized the allegations that would color reporting on the Iraq War for the next three years and eventually lead to the indictment of a top aide to the vice president for lying to a grand jury: ((((THE OLD...
  • The Man Who Said Too Much (Newsweek and Isikoff busts Armitage)

    08/27/2006 12:41:01 AM PDT · by tlb · 149 replies · 3,797+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug. 27, 2006 | Michael Isikoff
    Sept. 4, 2006 issue - In the early morning of Oct. 1, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell received an urgent phone call from his No. 2 at the State Department. Richard Armitage was clearly agitated. As recounted in a new book, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War," Novak ...wrote, was a "senior administration official" who was "not a partisan gunslinger." Armitage was shaken. After reading the column, he knew immediately who the leaker was. On the phone with Powell that morning, Armitage was "in deep distress," says a source directly familiar...
  • The Rove Factor? Time magazine talked to Bush's guru for Plame story.

    06/18/2006 1:48:54 PM PDT · by rface · 35 replies · 1,724+ views
    MSNBC & Newsweek ^ | July 11 issue | Michael Isikoff
    ts legal appeals exhausted, Time magazine agreed last week to turn over reporter Matthew Cooper's e-mails and computer notes to a special prosecutor investigating the leak of an undercover CIA agent's identity. The case has been the subject of press controversy for two years. Saying "we are not above the law," Time Inc. Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine decided to comply with a grand-jury subpoena to turn over documents related to the leak. But Cooper and Judith Miller (NYTimes) are still refusing to testify and face jail this week...... The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Cooper...
  • A Fresh Focus on Cheney

    05/13/2006 3:08:54 PM PDT · by Laverne · 51 replies · 1,383+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweak ^ | 5/13/06 | Isikoff
    May 13, 2006 - The role of Vice President Dick Cheney in the criminal case stemming from the outing of White House critic Joseph Wilson's CIA wife is likely to get fresh attention as a result of newly disclosed notes showing that Cheney personally asked whether Wilson had been sent by his wife on a "junket" to Africa. .... This evidence, Fitzgerald added, "directly contradicts" the assertion by defense lawyers that Libby "had no motive to lie" to the FBI and to the grand jury because he "thought that neither he nor anyone else had done anything wrong." Instead, Fitzgerald...
  • Secrets of the CIA- Mary McCarthy 'categorically denies' being the source of the leak

    04/24/2006 7:00:16 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 94 replies · 2,352+ views
    Secrets of the CIA A former colleague says the fired Mary McCarthy ‘categorically denies’ being the source of the leak on agency renditions. WEB EXCLUSIVE By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff Updated: 7:07 p.m. ET April 24, 2006 April 24, 2006 - A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK. The fired official, Mary O. McCarthy, “categorically denies being the source of the leak,” one...
  • [...} fired Mary McCarthy ‘CATEGORICALLY DENIES’ being the source of the leak on agency renditions.

    04/24/2006 3:03:57 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 361 replies · 6,044+ views
    msnbc/ Newsweek ^ | April 24, 2006 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    WEB EXCLUSIVE By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff Updated: 5:43 p.m. ET April 24, 2006 April 24, 2006 - A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK. The fired official, Mary O. McCarthy, “categorically denies being the source of the leak,” one of McCarthy’s friends and former colleagues, Rand Beers, said Monday after speaking to McCarthy. Beers said he could not elaborate on this denial...
  • Supreme Court: Detainees' Rights - Scalia Speaks His Mind

    03/26/2006 11:44:36 AM PST · by RebekahT · 24 replies · 875+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 3, 2006 | Michael Isikoff
    The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in a big case: whether to allow the Bush administration to try Guantánamo detainees in special military tribunals with limited rights for the accused. But Justice Antonin Scalia has already spoken his mind about some of the issues in the matter. During an unpublicized March 8 talk at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, Scalia dismissed the idea that the detainees have rights under the U.S. Constitution or international conventions, adding he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to Gitmo. "War is war, and it has never been the case...
  • The Shot Heard Round the World (Newsweeks new hit piece)

    02/19/2006 7:06:18 AM PST · by roostercogburn · 64 replies · 1,523+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Isikoff & Clift. Haha
    The Shot Heard Round the World. He peppered a man in the face, but didn't tell his boss. Inside Dick Cheney's dark, secretive mind-set—and the forces that made it that way.
  • The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still Covert

    02/05/2006 7:12:06 PM PST · by Tyche · 142 replies · 4,915+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 13, 2006 | Michael Isikoff
    Feb. 13, 2006 issue - Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case. Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame, the wife of White House critic Joe Wilson, really had covert status when she was outed to the media in July 2003. But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done "covert work overseas" on counterproliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA "was making specific efforts to conceal" her identity, according...
  • Isikoff Strikes Again

    01/23/2006 11:44:43 AM PST · by johnqueuepublic · 24 replies · 1,161+ views
    PipeLineNews.org ^ | January 23, 2006 | PipeLineNewsStaff
    Isikoff Strikes Again January 23, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Lying Mike Isikoff - of Quran flushing fame - is back again, this time writing in the January 30 issue of Newsweak about another "threat" that U.S. intelligence poses to U.S. civil liberties - "The Other Big Brother - The Pentagon has its own domestic spying program. Even its leaders say the outfit may have gone too far." Prissy Issy writes - "The demonstration seemed harmless enough. Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the...
  • The Other Big Brother (Newsweak on "spying")

    01/22/2006 1:52:28 PM PST · by frankjr · 6 replies · 598+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/22/06 | Michael Isikoff
    The demonstration seemed harmless enough. Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. They were there to protest the corporation's supposed "war profiteering." The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work. The idea, according to organizer Scott Parkin, was to call attention to allegations that the company was overcharging on a food contract for troops in Iraq. "It was tongue-in-street political theater," Parkin says....