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ThoughtsOnline

Friday, October 28, 2005


Maybe I'm reading the indictment the wrong way, but it sure seems to read as if Fitzgerald is ticked at Libby for having lied to Russert and Miller in claiming in conversations with them that he was 'surprised' to learn that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA when in fact Libby already knew of her identity and job (#2 and #3 on Page 17, among other places).

But for the life of me, I can't see where Libby is alleged to have either testified to the grand jury or told investigators he was unaware of Plame's identity and/or job at the time of his conversations with reporters. As far as I know, it's not a crime to lie to the media; it might not be nice, but telling Russert, Miller and Cooper he was surprised about something when he already knew it ought not to be punishable by law.

As I thought, Fitzgerald is basing at least part of his case on Russert's claim that he didn't tell Libby that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA (#4, Page 16 and #3, Page 18) and on Cooper's claim that Libby told him and not vice versa about Wilson's wife (#3, Page 17). I'd hate to have to rely on the testimony of a once-and-possibly-still partisan Democrat such as Russert and Cooper, who is married to Democratic strategist Mandy Grunwald.