Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Big Fish 

This just in, from Raw Story:
Two officials close to [Special prosecutor Patrick] Fitzgerald told RAW STORY they have seen documents obtained from the White House Iraq Group which state that Cheney was present at several of the group's meetings. They say Cheney personally discussed with individuals in attendance at least two interviews in May and June of 2003 Wilson gave to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, in which he claimed the administration “twisted” prewar intelligence and what the response from the administration should be.

Cheney was interviewed by the FBI surrounding the leak in 2004. According to the New York Times, Cheney was asked whether he knew of any concerted effort by White House aides to name Ms. Wilson.

Sources close to the investigation have also confirmed that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to determine Vice President Cheney's role in the outing of Mrs. Wilson, more specifically, if Cheney ordered the leak . . . .

On Wednesday, The
Wall Street Journal confirmed that the Iraq group was under scrutiny.
Proceed with skepticism. We have no idea who these alleged sources ["officials close to Fitzgerald"?] might be, but we have to wonder why they would take so monumental a scoop to Raw Story: who turned them down first? Fitzgerald, remember, has so far maintained a perfect poker face with regard to his prosecutorial intentions; if this turns out to be a genuine leak, it'll be the first.

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