Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Is Bob Woodward Part of a Cover-Up?
Has Bob Woodward been recruited to clear Scooter Libby by falsely claiming to have received advance knowledge of Valerie Plame's identity? If he's telling the truth - was there a conspiracy of silence to wait until after any indictments before revealing this new information to the prosecutors? It's tin foil hat time for sure with this one:|
Woodward Was Told of Plame More Than Two Years AgoSo, one week after Scooter's indictment this other White House official suddenly decides to mention that they outed Valerie Plame to Bob Woodward before Scooter opened his mouth? And Woodward claims to have mentioned Valerie Plame's ID to Walter Pincus before Novak's column came out - but Mr. Pincus denied it? This has a very nasty smell to it... and it smells like these folks were at a minimum jerking the special prosecutor around.
By Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, November 16, 2005; Page A01
Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.
In a more than two-hour deposition, Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald that the official casually told him in mid-June 2003 that Plame worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the information to be classified or sensitive, according to a statement Woodward released yesterday.
It is unclear what prompted Woodward's original unnamed source to alert Fitzgerald to the mid-June 2003 mention of Plame to Woodward. Once he did, Fitzgerald sought Woodward's testimony, and three officials released him to testify about conversations he had with them. Downie, Woodward and a Post lawyer declined to discuss why the official may have stepped forward this month.
Woodward's statement said he testified: "I told Walter Pincus, a reporter at The Post, without naming my source, that I understood Wilson's wife worked at the CIA as a WMD analyst."
Pincus said he does not recall Woodward telling him that. In an interview, Pincus said he cannot imagine he would have forgotten such a conversation around the same time he was writing about Wilson.
"Are you kidding?" Pincus said. "I certainly would have remembered that."
Pincus said Woodward may be confused about the timing and the exact nature of the conversation. He said he remembers Woodward making a vague mention to him in October 2003. That month, Pincus had written a story explaining how an administration source had contacted him about Wilson. He recalled Woodward telling him that Pincus was not the only person who had been contacted.