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November 16, 2005

Which came first the chicken or the egg?

From the 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....

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....

He also told Fitzgerald that it is possible he asked Libby about Plame or her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. He based that testimony on an 18-page list of questions he planned to ask Libby in an interview that included the phrases "yellowcake" and "Joe Wilson's wife."...

Woodward's testimony appears to change key elements in the chronology Fitzgerald laid out in his investigation and announced when indicting Libby three weeks ago. It would make the unnamed official -- not Libby -- the first government employee to disclose Plame's CIA employment to a reporter. It would also make Woodward, who has been publicly critical of the investigation, the first reporter known to have learned about Plame from a government source.

I find it interesting that as the trail of blame bounces back and forth between the media and the White House, there never seems to be the same accusing fingers pointing toward the reporters as they are toward White House staffers, and there's this underlying presumption that at the end, it has to have been a White House staffer. But all along these reporters were doing exactly what the White House has been so viciously accused of doing—mentioning Valerie Plame's relationship to the CIA. It's almost humorous as the media perform their act..

FACTS:                          Reporter  A told staffer B...
MEDIA RESPONSE:      ...Okay
FACTS:                          Then staffer B told reporter C...
MEDIA RESPONSE:          ...[look of shock] why that's horrible!! That's a crime!!
FACTS:                          Then reporter C told staffer D...
MEDIA RESPONSE:          ...okay, fine.
FACTS:                          Then staffer D told reporter E...
 MEDIA RESPONSE:         ...[another look of shock and outrage] he should go to prison!!

You usually see this kind of stuff in sit-coms, and even there it's laughed at because it simply so ridiculous.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 16, 2005 06:12 AM

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