11/01/2005: Re l'affaire Plame, Larry Johnson hits 5 consecutive dingers....
Taking his own inspiration from the indictment of "Scooter" (how does one take seriously an allegedly mature man in a position of power who insists on being called "Scooter"? The only time a grown man should answer to a six-year old's nickname is if he's a ballplayer, and even then he's entitled to object), Larry Johnson of No Quarter has penned 5 very pertinent posts over the past several days:
Update on the Lies of Ambassador Wilson:
The radical right is desperate and grasping at straws in the wake of Scooter Libby's indictment. They are carrying copies to most TV interviews of the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee from July 2004 regarding what the intelligence community knew and reported on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. One poor soul on Wolf Blitzer the other day tried reading from it in a desperate bid to try to make Joe Wilson the focus of the story. Sorry guys, Joe didn't get indicted for perjury, Scooter did. Let's keep our liars list up to date. Okay?Bob Woodward, Lost in Cronyism
How is it that one of the most revered investigative reporters of our generation is such a dunce when it comes to outing a CIA officer? If you had a chance to watch Woodward's "dazzling" performance on Larry King Live this past Thursday, you would have been treated to the spectacle of incurious Bob dismissing the leaking of a CIA officer's identity as gossip run amuck. Nothing more, nothing less. Yep, nothing to report here, move along.No Underlying Crime, Not!
Yet, for those more in touch with the inner workings of Washington, Woodward's vain attempt to downplay this matter sure smacks of someone trying to protect his sources. In a recent Washington Post puff piece on Lewis "Scooter" Libby we are told that Scooter:attends the weekly gathering of Bush's top economic advisers and -- according to Bob Woodward's book "Plan of Attack," about the Bush administration's run-up to the Iraq war -- was one of two non-principals who attended National Security Council meetings with the president after Sept. 11, 2001 (the other was Condoleezza Rice's then-deputy, Stephen Hadley).Isn't that special. Is it possible that Scooter has been a source that helped Bob Woodward get his inside scoops?
The Republican spin machine is fully engaged and the word is out on the indictment of Scooter Libby,And in Who Forged the Niger Documents? and More on the Niger Forgery, Johnson points out some good work being done in, of all places, American Conservative.
NO UNDERLYING CRIME WAS COMMITTED. In other words, Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald did not file any charges against Libbying for compromising a CIA officer's cover under the Identities Protection Act. Nope. He just charged Libby with technicalities like perjury and obstruction of justice.
Ignore for a moment that Fitzgerald said at the start of his press conference that Valerie Wilson's cover was blown. Cover your ears and pretend that he really did not mean to say that prior to Robert Novak's infamous column her association with the CIA was known only in classified circles.
Here is a novel idea. Fitzgerald is proscecuting Libby because he has obstructed or blocked or hindered (you choose the word) the investigation. He, Libby, has refused to provide the evidence he has of the crime of helping finger Valerie as an intelligence officer. As a result, he gets an obstruction of justice charge and lying to a federal law enforcement officer. Just because Patrick Fitzgerald has not yet collected sufficient evident to charge Libby with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, because Libby has tried to cover up his crime, does not mean a crime was not committed.
Some must-reads there.
Len on 11.01.05 @ 12:30 PM CST