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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Be Careful What You Quote 

Our venerated colleague Swopa of Needlenose has been posting consistently excellent analysis of Plamegate. This may be his sweetest catch yet:
But, so what? Who cares if Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, and whoever else may have blabbed about Joe Wilson's wife all told a version of [how Wilson was picked for the Niger trip] that the CIA denies? [Walter] Pincus coyly explains in a paragraph toward the end of his story:
Two other sources appear to support the view that Wilson's wife suggested her husband's trip. One is a June 2003 memo by the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). The other, which depends in good part on the INR document, is a statement of the views of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and two other Republican members.
In other words, in the course of an apparent inquiry into who sent Joseph Wilson to Niger, Pincus seems to "accidentally" stumble onto the discovery that the only document backing up the White House/Republican viewpoint is ... the State Department memo.

You know, the same classified State Department memo that would get Karl Rove and Lewis Libby in deep trouble if it was shown to be their source of information about Valerie Plame Wilson.

Why did the story they told reporters match the State Dept. memo, but not any other known account of how Joe Wilson's trip was arranged? It's not such an innocent question when you think about it, is it?

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