Category Archives: Plame/Rove

At the Heart of the Libby Trial

I haven’t been following the Libby trial as tightly as I should be. Here’s the main thing to know:

“[Former press secretary Ari] Fleischer said the conversation happened July 7, 2003, days before Libby told investigators he was surprised to learn about the CIA operative from a reporter. That discrepancy is at the heart of Libby’s perjury and obstruction trial.”

Other fun:

Arianna Huffington: Judith Miller is the Leak

Fun possibility – I’d never thought of this:

Miller doesn’t want to reveal her "source" at the White House – because she was the source. Sure, she first got the info from someone else, and the odds are she wasn’t the only one who clued in Libby and/or Rove (the State Dept. memo likely played a role too)… but, in this scenario, Miller certainly wasn’t an innocent writer caught up in the whirl of history. She had a starring role in it. This also explains why Miller never wrote a story about Plame, because her goal wasn’t to write a story, but to get out the story that cast doubts on Wilson’s motives. Which Novak did.

McClellan’s Very Public Hell

Day 3 of the Plame/Rove roundabout:

McCLELLAN: I think we’ve exhausted discussion on this the last couple of days.

Q You haven’t even scratched the surface.

Q It hasn’t started.

I gotta download this video so I can see McClellan’s I am so fucked face. 

Anybody catch Daily Show? I loved when John Stewart said (like the coffee commercial): "We’ve secretly replaced the White House press corps with ACTUAL JOURNALISTS!"

McClellan Gets Fried Over Rove

Suddenly the press has some balls. Maybe we should jail more of them. The press started grilling McClellan on his stance on the Plame/Rove incident. Scott keeps maintaining that he won’t comment on an ongoing investigation (even though he had before). Not sure which journalist this is:

QUESTION: Scott, this is ridiculous. The notion that you’re going to stand before us, after having commented with that level of detail, and tell people watching this that somehow you’ve decided not to talk. You’ve got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium or not?

MCCLELLAN: I’m well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation…

QUESTION: (inaudible) when it’s appropriate and when it’s inappropriate?

MCCLELLAN: If you’ll let me finish.

QUESTION: No, you’re not finishing. You’re not saying anything. You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson’s wife. So don’t you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn’t he?

MCCLELLAN: There will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.

QUESTION: Do you think people will accept that, what you’re saying today?

Full transcript.



My prediction – the entire Valerie Plame affair will rest on the word ‘knowingly’ as in ‘knowingly revealed an undercover agent.’