Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Richard Nixon is surely roaring with laughter in his coffin. Bob Woodward, the journalist that with colleague Carl Bernstein discovered the Watergate scandal in the ‘70s, is involved in the so-called Plamegate, the investigation carried on by Patrick J. Fitzgerald that charged Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff of vice- President Dick Cheney. The story, summed up by Christian Rocca, merges with the NigerGate (with which Mario Sechi and Gian Marco Chiocci are brilliantly dealing for Il Giornale: here the latest episode of the saga). Asked on Monday by Fitzgerald, Woodward declared that on june 2003 he already knew the true identity of Cia agent Valerie Plame, that is at least a month before libby revealed it to NYT journalist, Judith Miller. Woodward said also that he spoke about it to his Washington Post colleague, Walter Pincus, who claims he does not remember such thing. The interesting fact is that Libby has been charged with perjury because Fitzgerald doubts that Libby’s source on Valerie Plame was Tim Russert of NBC. If Woodward’s statements were confirmed, Libby’s lawyers claim, Fitzgerald’s investigation would be completely discredited, because it would prove that the Plame’s identity (and office) were known among journalists well before Libby’s “revelations”. If Woodward lied – as the anti-Bush front claims – Nixon could start dancing with joy. Analysis and commentary from: Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters, Wizbang!, Instapundit, Decision '08, Moderate Voice, Power Line, Daily Pundit, PunditGuy, ScrappleFace, The Strata-Sphere, Blogs4God, Macsmind, Balloon Juice, Oh That Liberal Media, The Truth Laid Bear, Conservative Outpost, BrothersJudd.