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Washington Post: Prosecutor In CIA Leak Case Casting A Wide Net

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA"

(For why that quote is true, see Captain Quarters take here).

Today's WAPO, has an article with "new" details on the Plame Game.

Most of the article is the same old spin we've heard before. You know, "Joe was an Angel and he told the truth and the bad old Bush Administration set out to get 'em" because Joe had the GUTS to tell them they were full of crap!" It's amazing, the MSM has kept this unproven and baseless accusation of Joe Wilson alive for nearly two years!

Again, not a single solidary mention of the Senate Intelligence Report - no wonder the MSM readership/viewership is tanking.

Anyway, here is some of the WAPO new 'tidbits' (reality warning):

Let's call it the "Wilson Sting":

"In a strange twist in the investigation, the grand jury -- acting on a tip from Wilson -- has questioned a person who approached Novak on Pennsylvania Avenue on July 8, 2003, six days before his column appeared in The Post and other publications, Wilson said in an interview. The person, whom Wilson declined to identify to The Post, asked Novak about the "yellow cake" uranium matter and then about Wilson, Wilson said. He first revealed that conversation in a book he wrote last year. In the book, he said that he tried to reach Novak on July 8, and that they finally connected on July 10. In that conversation, Wilson said that he did not confirm his wife worked for the CIA but that Novak told him he had obtained the information from a "CIA source."

Novak told the person that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA as a specialist in weapons of mass destruction and had arranged her husband's trip to Niger, Wilson said. Unknown to Novak, the person was a friend of Wilson and reported the conversation to him, Wilson said."

So, let's get this straight. Wilson has his friend stalk Mr. Novak, and then walk up to him and say, "Hey Mr. Novak! You heard any good Yellow Cake Stories Lately? Boy! that Wilson guy sure knocked that report out of the park didn't he?"

So Wilson - Mr. 'Tea" is giving "tips" to the Grand Jury. Swell!

The same guy for whom the straight talking Senate Intelligence Chairman Pat Roberts remarked:

"During Mr. Wilson's media blitz, he appeared on more than thirty television shows including entertainment venues. Time and again, Joe Wilson told anyone who would listen that the President had lied to the American people, that the Vice President had lied, and that he had "debunked" the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. As discussed in the Niger section of the report, not only did he NOT "debunk" the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason not to believe that it may be true. I believed very strongly that it was important for the Committee to conclude publicly that many of the statements made by Ambassador Wilson were not only incorrect, but had no basis in fact"

"The former Ambassador, either by design or through ignorance, gave the American people and, for that matter, the world a version of events that was inaccurate, unsubstantiated, and misleading. Surely, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has unique access to all of the facts, should have been able to agree on a conclusion that would correct the public record."

In other words, (to be a help to the WAPO and the NY TIMES) a "liar" is giving tips about how he "traps" reporters. This guy is incredible! Now, I wonder who his "friend" was? Who was the "CIA" source. We'll soon know. Yet I also wonder if Mr. Liar, is versed on CIA regulations regarding contact with the media? I mean, was a law broken here?

In anycase something ain't kosher here....nope, not at all.

Then there is this other excerpt related to Plame's status, coming from former CIA Spokesman, Bill Harlow:

"Harlow, the former CIA spokesman, said in an interview yesterday that he testified last year before a grand jury about conversations he had with Novak at least three days before the column was published. He said he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson's wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be revealed.

Harlow said that after Novak's call, he checked Plame's status and confirmed that she was an undercover operative. He said he called Novak back to repeat that the story Novak had related to him was wrong and that Plame's name should not be used. But he did not tell Novak directly that she was undercover because that was classified.

In a column published Oct. 1, 2003, Novak wrote that the CIA official he spoke to "asked me not to use her name, saying she probably never again will be given a foreign assignment but that exposure of her name might cause 'difficulties' if she travels abroad. He never suggested to me that Wilson's wife or anybody else would be endangered. If he had, I would not have used her name."

Harlow was also involved in the larger internal administration battle over who would be held responsible for Bush using the disputed charge about the Iraq-Niger connection as part of the war argument. Based on the questions they have been asked, people involved in the case believe that Fitzgerald looked into this bureaucratic fight because the effort to discredit Wilson was part of the larger campaign to distance Bush from the Niger controversy."

In other words, Harlow - who was a part of the "Tenet Group" - is "getting even". We have no idea if his unconfirmed story is true, but from what I know about how the "office" works, I doubt his story. Things don't work that way there. He didn't have to check and call back! There's a computer on his desk or nearby - punch her name in and ta-da! Cripes, these guys got the MSM licking out of their hands!

Anyway, even Harlow was trying that "Plame didn't send her husband", horse crap (Party line under Tenet), but again, that "pesky" Senate Intelligence Report begs to differ.

I would also like to note Tom McGuire's excellent work here. Yet, as I said before, nobody knows what Fitzgerald is looking at - but I got a feeling - a strong feeling he "stumbled" on to more than was bargained for.

UPDATE: Make sure to check out The Strata-Sphere for the case against Plame and Wilson.