November 20, 2005


Security adviser named as source in CIA scandal (Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter, 11/20/05, Sunday Times of London)

THE mysterious source who gave America’s foremost journalist, Bob Woodward, a tip-off about the CIA agent at the centre of one of Washington’s biggest political storms was Stephen Hadley, the White House national security adviser, according to lawyers close to the investigation. [...]

A spokeswoman for the National Security Council (NSC) denied that Hadley was the journalist’s source. However, in South Korea on Friday during an official visit with President George W Bush, Hadley dodged the question.

“I’ve also seen press reports from White House officials saying that I am not one of his sources,” Hadley said with a smile. Asked if this was a yes or no he replied: “It is what it is.” [...]

When Woodward realised this, he went back to his informant. “My source said he or she had no alternative but to go to the prosecutor."

When Woodward puts it that way you know it has to be someone of character, which rules out the CIA at least.

Rice denies being Woodward's source (UPI, 11/20/05)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied being Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's source on the identity of Valerie Plane. ,/blockquote>
Sources of Confusion (Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff, 11/28/05, Newsweek)
One by one last week, a parade of current and former senior officials, including the CIA's George Tenet and national-security adviser Stephen Hadley, denied being the source. A conspicuous exception was former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, whose office would only say, "We're not commenting." He was one of a handful of top officials who had access to the information. He is an old source and friend of Woodward's, and he fits Novak's description of his source as "not a partisan gunslinger." Woodward has indicated that he knows the identity of Novak's source, which further suggests his source and Novak's were one and the same.

If Armitage was the original leaker, that undercuts the argument that outing Plame was a plot by the hard-liners in the veep's office to "out" Plame. Armitage was, if anything, a foe of the neocons who did not want to go to war in Iraq. He had no motive to discredit Wilson.

No matter who the source is, Woodward's account is devastating to the notion it was a plot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2005 8:03 PM

It isn't Rove but at this point the MSM and Dems will trumpet any Bush official caught in this "scandal". And the fact that no crime has been committed doesn't seem to bother Fitzgerald or the MSM.

Posted by: AWW at November 20, 2005 8:18 PM


He can't charge someone whe he only knows because they told him--besides it not being criminal....

Posted by: oj at November 20, 2005 8:27 PM

It probably was "stumblism". Everybody knew she worked for the CIA, and no one thought that there was a question about her status - covert or not.

Along the lines of "Well, she can't be covert because I know she works at the CIA - I've seen her there and she's said it."

Posted by: Mikey at November 20, 2005 8:53 PM


Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 20, 2005 9:49 PM

This is like the political equivalent of indavertant statutory rape.

Posted by: RC at November 21, 2005 3:33 AM

This whole kerfuffle is a boon to journalists. It provides them with a puzzle they might actually be able to understand.

Posted by: Ed Bush at November 21, 2005 8:34 AM

Yep, Armitage.

Nobody wants to go there because of his close ties to Colin Powell. That would just blow up the entire meme of the neocons destroying the world, even as Sir Colin does his best to hold them off.

Posted by: kevin whited at November 21, 2005 9:43 AM