November 16, 2005


Woodward Was Told of Plame More Than Two Years Ago (Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig, November 16, 2005, Washington Post)

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.

Fitzgerald interviewed Woodward about the previously undisclosed conversation after the official alerted the prosecutor to it on Nov. 3 -- one week after Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted in the investigation.

Citing a confidentiality agreement in which the source freed Woodward to testify but would not allow him to discuss their conversations publicly, Woodward and Post editors refused to disclose the official's name or provide crucial details about the testimony. Woodward did not share the information with Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. until last month, and the only Post reporter whom Woodward said he remembers telling in the summer of 2003 does not recall the conversation taking place.

Woodward said he also testified that he met with Libby on June 27, 2003, and discussed Iraq policy as part of his research for a book on President Bush's march to war. He said he does not believe Libby said anything about Plame.

C'mon, Woodward just doesn't want to seem like he was scooped. Are we supposed to believe that Scooter Libby wanted this info out but didn't tell Woodward and that Woodward knew it and didn't blab it?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2005 9:58 AM

William Casey probably gave Woodward the information from beyond the grave on Plame's CIA ties in a post-deathbed interview.

Posted by: John at November 16, 2005 10:53 AM

The last thing the msm want is for this case to be tried in open court. When they have to testify about their "journalistic" practices under oath, the whole media/liberal axis will be revealed just in time for the next election.

Posted by: erp at November 16, 2005 12:15 PM

John: From time to time Michael Ledeen summons up James Jesus Angelton, why shouldn't Casey commune with Woodward.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2005 2:47 AM