Friday, November 18, 2005

Bob Woodward Does "Deep Throat". Phase II

What the defense attorney for the indicted former Chief of Staff for Dick Cheney calls the Bob Woodward revelation, a "bombshell", really isn't a "bombshell" at all. Once you read the statement prosecutor Paul Fitzgerald gave when he handed down the indictment against Lewis 'Scooter" Libby, it becomes very clear. It all comes down to show how careful Fitzgerald was with with his words. It all comes down to one word, that Libby's attorney conveniently overlooked, as did some in the media except may one, Keith Oberman, from MSNBC. The word is "known". and what was said by Fitzgerald is,"Mr. Libby was the first known source......." effectively leaving open the investigation into who leaked the identity if CIA agent Valerie Plame,and the possibility of more indictments.

But the real so-called "bombshell" in all this, is not what Mr. Libby's attorney says on behalf of his client, it is the fact that Woodward kept silent about he knew for two years.. The technical word could be "hoarded" because that is the reputation Bob Woodward has amongst his peers. He had every opportunity to come clean about his conversations with officials at the White House, but he hoarded the information because he was writing his book on events leading up to the war in Iraq. Woodward even so much as played down the whole idea of the CIA leak investigation on various cable shows like "Larry King Live". "I don't have any bombshells, I don't even have a firecracker!" He could be forgiven for keeping what he knew secret because he did'nt want to testify in the case, that could be chalked up to human nature, nobody wants to do that. But, as the case started heating up, it is also human nature to do the right thing. Is Bob Woodward truly only protecting a source, or is he going out of his way to protect the this White House and his access to it?

So what are we left with, another uunamed source, another political "guessing game", the same Bob Woodward, same Washington Post, of Watergate fame? Hopefully, it will not take another 30 years before yet another Woodward "Deep Throat" is revealed.

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