Did Woodward's White House Leaker 'Fully Cooperate'?
by Tom Kertes, Fri Nov 18, 2005 at 07:57:37 AM EST
But Libby's cover-up does have bearing on why Fitzgerald may have missed the earlier leak. Libby's lies prevented Fitzgerald from being able to get to the bottom of any possible White House crime. It should come as no surprise that Fitzgerald is missing parts of the puzzle, given that the White House has misled and withheld information.
With all the pressure on Woodward for not sharing his secret, why not apply pressure on the unknown White House official? Weren't all White House staffers ordered to fully cooperate with Fitzgerald, even before the indictment was released? Keeping such important information from the investigation is hardly full cooperation.
White House spinners want Woodward's role to diminish Fitzgerald and the case against the Bush administration for the cover-up of their partisan retribution against Plame-Wilson. But in this case, they should know to keep their mouths shut, since any news about Libby, Fitzgerald, Plame-Wilson and the ensuing investigation keeps the spotlight on the ends to which the White House went to bring America into a war of choice. And they should certainly keep their mouths shut when the latest news involves even more White House staffers involved in even more leaks and cover-ups.
Regardless of what comes out in the criminal proceedings, it's clear that at best the White House was reckless with regards to national security and the protection of covert CIA agents. There's no excuse for any CIA operative's identity being leaked or bandied about as gossip. And there's certainly no excuse for the White House to lie about and attempt to cover up such reckless behavior.
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