"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Bad Motor Scooter 

Press conference in 15 minutes, as I write this. I am still working on digesting the indictment, but I have read the OSC press release, sort of a Cliff Notes version of the whole enchilada (PDF files). Two things that strike me right away:

(A) Who didn't tell Scooter that Mrs. Wilson was CIA? He heard it from the Under Secretary of State (name, please?) on June 11 or 12, 2003 (page 4, paragraph 6), from "a senior officer of the CIA" on June 11, (page 4, paragraph 7), from Darth Cheney himself on June 12, (page 5, paragraph 9), and then again, "[n]ot earlier than June 2003, but on or before July 8, 2003, the Assistant to the Vice President for Public Affairs learned from another government official that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA, and advised LIBBY of this information" (page 7, paragraph 19). In turn, Scooter himself disseminated the information rather widely; he discussed Mrs. Wilson in an interesting-sounding conversation with a "CIA briefer" on June 14 (page 5, paragraph 11), and he revealed her status to Judy Miller on June 23 (page 6, paragraph 14), and to Ari Fleischer on July 7 (page 7, paragraph 16).

(B) And then there's the deliciously obtuse paragraph 21, at page 8:
On or about July 10 or July 11, 2003, LIBBY spoke to a senior official in the White House (“Official A”) who advised LIBBY of a conversation Official A had earlier that week with columnist Robert Novak in which Wilson’s wife was discussed as a CIA employee involved in Wilson’s trip. LIBBY was advised by Official A that Novak would be writing a story about Wilson’s wife.

Do I detect a whiff of turd blossom?

Anyway, Scooter's now unemployed. Jesus is not weeping.




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