Friday, July 15, 2005

Drip Drip Drip Drip

Colin Powell's memo's gettin' some play (read the whole thing! a tease...):

Prosecutors in the C.I.A. leak case have shown intense interest in a 2003 State Department memorandum that explained how a former diplomat came to be dispatched on an intelligence-gathering mission and the role of his wife, a C.I.A. officer, in the trip, people who have been officially briefed on the case said.


The memo was sent to Colin L. Powell, then the secretary of state, just before or as he traveled with President Bush and other senior officials to Africa starting on July 7, 2003, when the White House was scrambling to defend itself from a blast of criticism a few days earlier from the former diplomat, Joseph C. Wilson IV, current and former government officials said.


The information contained in the State Department memo generally tracked the information Mr. Novak laid out for Mr. Rove in their conversation about the matter, according to the account of their exchange provided by the person briefed on what Mr. Rove has told investigators.

But it appears to differ in at least one way, raising questions about whether it was the original source of the material that ultimately made its way to Mr. Novak. In his July 14, 2003, column, Mr. Novak referred to Ms. Wilson as Valerie Plame. The State Department memo referred to her as Valerie Wilson, according to the government official who reread the memo on Friday.

Powell. Fleischer. Libby. Cheney. The plot sickens...


At 6:17 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...


If you get a chance, read Hersh's '03 article on the yellow cake incident here:

Hersh doesn't talk too much (at all?) about Wilson, but I think this article gives a fuller understanding of what Fitzgerald's after.

I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts.


At 8:27 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Just posted some thoughts over at PS--my thinking now is that Fitzgerald's investigation leads to who knew Bush's "sixteen words" were based on forged documents, and when did they know it?



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