[Marxism] Woodward revelation hurts himself, Libby, and Bush administration

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu Nov 17 03:24:32 MST 2005

I have seen commentary that claims that Bob Woodward's confession that 
he heard about Joseph Wilson's wife being in the CIA from someone 
besides Libby harms the case against the latter. Quite obviously, the 
opposite is true. It shows that Libby was part of a full-barreled 
assault on Wilson by the Bush minions as a whole. Libby talked to his 
people, while others talked to theirs. It may even turn out that 
Woodward's source was Carl Rove. In any case, evidence of  "another 
senior" official passing this on cannot help Bush.

What the article below points out is that Woodward may be the 
Washington Post's Judith Miller, which many had thought before. 
Woodward's confession may be a pre-emptive strike against someone who 
could out him.

Of the article's author, a CNN web site says: "Kurtz is the media 
reporter for The Washington Post and writes a regular column called 
Media Notes. He joined the paper in 1981, after the demise of The 
Washington Star, and has covered urban affairs, the Justice Department 
and Capitol Hill. He has also served as The Washington Post's New York 
bureau chief. He has covered the media since 1990."

Brian Shannon

Woodward apologizes for silence on CIA agent

By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post  |  November 17, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Bob Woodward apologized to The Washington Post yesterday 
for failing to reveal for more than two years that a senior Bush 
administration official had told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame 
Wilson, even as an investigation of who disclosed her identity 
mushroomed into a national scandal

Woodward, an assistant managing editor and best-selling author, said he 
told executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. that he held back the 
information because he was worried about being subpoenaed by Patrick J. 
Fitzgerald, the special counsel leading the investigation.

''I apologized because I should have told him about this much sooner," 
Woodward, who testified in the CIA leak investigation Monday, said in 
an interview. ''I explained in detail that I was trying to protect my 
sources. That's job number one in a case like this. . . .

''I hunkered down. I'm in the habit of keeping secrets. I didn't want 
anything out there that was going to get me subpoenaed."

Downie, who was informed by Woodward late last month, said his most 
famous employee had ''made a mistake." Despite Woodward's concerns 
about his confidential sources, Downie said, ''he still should have 
come forward, which he now admits. We should have had that 
conversation. . . . I'm concerned that people will get a misimpression 
about Bob's value to the newspaper and our readers."

The belated revelation that Woodward has been sitting on information 
about the Wilson controversy reignited questions about his unique 
relationship with The Post while he writes books with unparalleled 
access to high-level officials, and about why Woodward denigrated the 
Fitzgerald probe in television and radio interviews while not divulging 
his own involvement in the matter.

''It just looks really bad," said Eric Boehlert, a Rolling Stone 
contributing editor. ''It looks like what people have been saying about 
Bob Woodward for the past five years, that he's become a stenographer 
for the Bush White House."


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