Frog March matter, Day 6

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More anonymous (Luskin?) sources in the Frog March matter from the NYT and NYT and from the Washington Post

Karl Rove, the White House senior adviser, spoke with the columnist Robert D. Novak as he was preparing an article in July 2003 that identified a C.I.A. officer who was undercover, someone who has been officially briefed on the matter said.

The person who provided the information about Mr. Rove's conversation with Mr. Novak declined to be identified, citing requests by Mr. Fitzgerald that no one discuss the case. The person discussed the matter in the belief that Mr. Rove was truthful in saying that he had not disclosed Ms. Wilson's identity.

- or is it Judith Miller? Now, that would be funny. Especially since now there is talk of elevating the charges against Judy “Proved Fucking Right”1 Miller to Criminal Contempt, with a possible longer jail term.

Lawyers in the CIA leaks investigation are concerned that special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald may seek criminal contempt charges against New York Times reporter Judith Miller, a rare move that could significantly lengthen her time in jail.
Miller, now in her 10th day in the Alexandria jail, already faces as much as four months of incarceration for civil contempt after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury about confidential conversations she had in reporting a story in the summer of 2003. Fitzgerald and Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan have both raised the possibility in open court that Miller could be charged with criminal contempt if she continues to defy Hogan's order to cooperate in the investigation of who may have unlawfully leaked the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media. - WaPo
NYT again: The information in the State Department memorandum generally tracked the information Mr. Novak laid out for Mr. Rove in their conversation, 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 memorandum referred to her as Valerie Wilson, according to the government official who reread it on Friday.

Yes, but who leaked the original info that got placed into this memo?

Still waiting on the dignity to be restored to the White House: Bush apparently believes nobody remembers him saying he would fire the leaker:

In June 2004, at Sea Island, Ga., soon after Mr. Cheney met with investigators in the case, Mr. Bush was asked at a news conference whether “you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found” to have leaked the agent's name.
Yes,” Mr. Bush said. “And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts.”

1. Judith Miller, quoted in Salon, as saying about her WMD articles, “You know what,” she offered angrily. “I was proved fucking right. That's what happened. People who disagreed with me were saying, 'There she goes again.' But I was proved fucking right.”. Umm, Judy my dear, they still haven't found those WMDs. And perhaps having an affair with Karl Rove wasn't such a good idea after all.

--Billmon has more


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Don't be silly, Karl doesn't swing that way -- just ask Jeffy Gannon.

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