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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Another Direct Hit Scored Against Plamegate; JustOneMinute Says Left Reacts With Anger, Denial

For two years we've heard the MSM obsessing that outing covert CIA operative Valerie Plame via conservative columnist Robert Novak was part of the "Bush Lied/Kids Died" fraud that got the U.S. into the war in Iraq and that anybody who leaked Plame's status to the media should go to jail, as well as the journalists who published the information.

Plame's husband is Joe Wilson, the former Clinton and Bush administration National Security Council/Kerry for President official who has been the key figure in peddling the "Bush lied/Kids Died" meme, via a controversial op-ed in The New York Times, a best-selling book and countless softball-laden interviews by MSM journalists.

But then Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was unable to indict anybody for the crime of revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent, mostly because Plame wasn't and hadn't been for years.

Only Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's now-former Chief of Staff, was indicted and only for allegedly lying to investigators about his conversations with journalists. President Bush's brain, Karl Rove was the big fish the MSM wanted, of course, but he remains unindicted.

And now along comes Bob Woodward of The Washington Post revealing that he was told of Plame a month before the Novak column appeared. As Captain's Quarters' Ed Morrissey puts it, the Woodward revelation means Plamegate is essentially all over:

"Woodward also testified that he never discussed Plame with Libby or Karl Rove. That answers the question that would have come up, which is whether the two officials may have heard Plame's status from Woodward instead of other government officials.
"It doesn't exactly excuplate either, especially Libby of perjury and obstruction, but it does make the indictment look even more foolish if the CIA itself outed Plame to Woodward, one of the most famous journalists in America.
"Woodward's story shows that the leak did not come from some back-door effort to punish Wilson or his wife for their efforts to discredit Bush and the war effort."

The remaining shoe to drop is withdrawal of the Libby indictment.

UPDATE: How the Left Sees It

JustOneMinute's Tom Maguire has this lengthy assessment of the implications of Woodward's revelation, particularly for Fitzgerald and for folks on the left side of the Blogosphere. The latter are either turning every shade of red or burying their intellects in the sand.

Maguire also offers this pungent revision of the Watergate cliche:

"With Bob Woodward as a potential witness, the [Libby] defense can have fun with an updated version of the old Watergate question - 'What else did Fitzgerald not know, and when did he not know it?'"