Mar 28 2006

Leopold Plame Dreaming About Rove & Hadley?

Published by at 9:02 pm under All General Discussions,Plame Game

** Update: Clarice Feldman thought I gave this story more credit than it was due, so if she was confused on my feelings it is clear I need to clarify.  The story seems to be all propaganda.  The only thing that gives it any credibility is the fact is this would be the kind of really dumb move I am afraid Fitzgerald is capable of!  End update

Jason Leopold seems to possibly have some news – maybe. Fitzgerald is in deep trouble right now with a rapidly collapsing case against Scooter Libby, a very strong and well founded challenge to his authority, and the nagging realization the man is not prosecuting anyone on the charge he was supposed to be investigating. So does anyone think new indictments are the answer to a bungling prosecutor?

It may seem as though it’s been moving along at a snail’s pace, but the second part of the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close to the probe saying that a grand jury will likely return an indictment against one or two senior Bush administration officials.

It seems Fitz-Magoo has discovered more ham sandwiches to charge with crimes. Of course, one has to pause and look at Leopold’s sources for the story, sources who are now in the cross hairs of Libby’s defense team!

These sources work or worked at the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council. Some of these sources are attorneys close to the case. They requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the details of the investigation.

Coincidence? I think not. In fact, what may be breaking out is a very dangerous game of DC chicken. It may be open revolt by the bureaucrats against the elected leaders. Well, bureaucrats need to be careful. The leaks of this story are against the law. The leaks about Valerie Plame are now known to originate outside the White House, most likely at the State Department. Two leaks will NOT set you free. In fact, this looks more to me like we are seeing the very edges of a major power play going on in DC that could include the NSA leak investigation. So who are the targets?

In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

At this point liberals must be all besides themselves, when Leopold starts pouring on the cold water in a classic charge/step back dance reporters famously play to smear people.

Although the situation remains fluid, it’s possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy….

Emphasis mine. You see, it is possible…, maybe… sources say. In fact, it looks like someone has felt that retirement from the FBI makes them immune from privacy laws and due process:

Details about the latest stage of the investigation began to take shape a few weeks ago when the lead FBI investigator on the leak case, John C. Eckenrode, retired from the agency and indicated to several colleagues that the investigation is about to wrap up with indictments handed up by the grand jury against Rove or Hadley or both officials, the sources said.

Mr. Exkenrode must be so pleased with Leopold right now!

The Philadelphia-based Eckenrode is finished with his work on the case; however, he is expected to testify as a witness for the prosecution next year against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff who was indicted in October on five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators regarding his role in the leak.

Well, let’s just say he WAS going to testify. Not sure how good a witness he will make now that it is news he leaked to the press regarding grand jury proceedings. But there is an interesting item on Matt Cooper’s email to his editors which shows Cooper knew more about the subject COOPER brought up to Rove, the supposed smoking gun email:

Still, Rove’s account of his conversation with Cooper went nothing like he had described in his email to Hadley, according to an email Cooper sent to his editor at Time magazine following his conversation with Rove in July 2003.

“It was, KR said, [former Ambassador Joseph] Wilson’s wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmdissues who authorized [weapons of mass destruction] [Wilson's] trip,” Cooper’s July 11, 2003, email to his editor said. “Wilson’s wife is Plame, then an undercover agent working as an analyst in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division. (Cooper later included the essence of what Rove told him in an online story.) The email characterizing the conversation continues: “not only the genesis of the trip is flawed an[d] suspect but so is the report. he [Rove] implied strongly there’s still plenty to implicate iraqi interest in acquiring uranium fro[m] Niger… “

I have highlighted what appears to be Rove’s comments, making them distinct from Cooper’s background added in to give context to Rove’s statements. The segment “Wilson’s wife is Plame” is clearly Matt Cooper relating the connection to of the name ‘Valerie Plame’ to his editors. It seems clear ‘Valerie Plame’ was known to a lot of reporters, just not the connection to Wilson being his wife.

Russert announced on TV how Novak’s column finally allows him to understand the discussions in the NBC conference room from the weekend before:

RUSSERT: Well, that’s exactly right. “Meet”–Joe Wilson had been on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, which you moderated because I was on vacation.
MITCHELL: And…
RUSSERT: I came back after that interview, after The New York Times piece, and there was a discussion about Joe Wilson and I didn’t know very much. And then when I read Novak’s column the following Monday, I said, `Oh, my God, that’s it. Now I see. It’s his wife, Valerie Plame, CIA, sent him on the trip. Now I understand what everybody was trying to figure out.‘

Judith Miller had her name incorrectly written down in her notes when meeting with Libby, as if a note to remind her to check on the name (since she is clear Libby never mentioned her name). Now Matt Cooper points out to his editor that Wilson’s wife is Plame which he seemed to know ahead of time, with a lot of background on Plame:

Cooper’s July 11, 2003, email to his editor said. “Wilson’s wife is Plame, then an undercover agent working as an analyst in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division.

It seems clear to anyone not on a witch hunt and interested in the facts that the media had connected Valerie Plame to Wilson, possibly because she was a back up source to Joe on the early Kristof articles, at least. They seemed to know she was CIA (the ‘leak’ Fitz-Magoo was supposed to have been investigating). They did not know her full role in Joe’s Niger escapade, nor the fact she was his wife.

It seems the silence of the press is all about covering up their incompetence, not their sources!

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Leopold Plame Dreaming About Rove & Hadley?”

  1. clarice says:

    AJ, Novak’s story saying this was on the wires July 8 and in the papers on July 11–so Cooper could have gotten that info from public sources.
    I give no credit to anything in the Leopold piece.
    Former CIA(Larry Johnson?) former State (Valerie?) See how easy that is?

    He also says he got information from lawyers close to the case..which lawyers close to the case?
    I think he’s just trying to keep Fitzmas alive..

  2. AJStrata says:

    I don’t buy any of it! Just thought it was worth some fun. However, I can see Fitzgerald trying to go for broke by getting more indictments. That is the kind of bunlging, foolish act I expect out of him. Which is the only thing giving this story any credibility.

    Interesting, so everything in the email post dates the Plame’s outing by Novak? Then it means nothing!

  3. Decision '08 says:

    The Return of Fitzmas?…

    Jason Leopold at truthout claims that Patrick Fitzgerald is ready to seek indictments against (a) Rove, (b) Hadley, or (c) Rove and Hadley. Grain of salt providers recommend keeping (d) neither Rove nor Hadley in the mix, as well. We await commentar…

  4. mary mapes says:

    These sources work or worked at the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council. Some of these sources are attorneys close to the case. They requested anonymity because they were not permitted to speak publicly about the details of the investigation…

    In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

    but then

    Hadley and Rove remain under intense scrutiny, but sources said Fitzgerald has not yet decided whether to seek charges against one or both of them.

    but then

    On Monday, though, attorneys close to the leak case confirmed that Fitzgerald had met with the grand jury half a dozen times since January and recently told the jurors that he planned to present them with the government’s case against Rove or Hadley, which stems from an email Rove had sent to Hadley in July of 2003 indicating that he had a conversation about Plame Wilson with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.

  5. clarice says:

    OT:You’d think this story would have received wide coverage, wouldn’t you?
    *****A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges yesterday told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created by executive order a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).

    The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not override the president’s constitutional authority to spy on suspected international agents under executive order.

    “If a court refuses a FISA application and there is not sufficient time for the president to go to the court of review, the president can under executive order act unilaterally, which he is doing now,” said Judge Allan Kornblum, magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and an author of the 1978 FISA Act. “I think that the president would be remiss exercising his constitutional authority by giving all of that power over to a statute.”

    The judges, however, said Mr. Bush’s choice to ignore established law regarding foreign intelligence gathering was made “at his own peril,” because ultimately he will have to answer to Congress and the Supreme Court if the surveillance was found not to be in the best interests of national security. ******http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060329-120346-1901r.htm

  6. Snapple says:

    This Leopold is getting a book published by Feral House Books. http://feralhouse.com/

    I think they publish conspiracy theories.
    http://feralhouse.com/titles/

    They wrote a book about this software that was allegedly stolen by the government and given to the Soviets, Saddam and Osama
    http://feralhouse.com/titles/investigations/octopus_the.php

  7. Snapple says:

    This Jason Leopold is getting a book published by Feral House.
    See the information about this at the bottom of this article
    http://baltimorechronicle.com/2006/032806Leopold.shtml

    This is a conspiracy publishing house. http://www.feralhouse.com

    They published a conspiracy theory book about the theft of Promis software from a company called Inslaw.
    http://feralhouse.com/titles/investigations/octopus_the.php

    The book, called Octopus, has new chapters about the alleged connection of this matter to 9-11.

    This Promis was some data mining software like Able Danger used.

    I don’t know what is true and what isn’t.

    A reporter investigating this Promis/Inslaw business was murdered or killed himself, depending on who tells the story.

    Some say that this software was used by US law enforcement and intelligence but that some people in the government stole the program and adadpted it in California on the Cabazon Indian reservation.

    Then supposedly Robert Hanssen the FBI guy that worked for the KGB gave it to the Russians. It also found its way to Saddam and Osama.

    I put something about this on my site
    http://legendofpineridge.blogspot.com/2006_02_01_legendofpineridge_archive.html

    All of this is very complicated, and I don’t know the truth from the lies.

    I just point out that this Jason Leopold may have an agenda.

  8. Snapple says:

    Sorry I am posting the same thing twice. It doesn’t seem to “take” and so I think I made a mistake.

    All the claims about Able Danger remind me a lot of the Promis/Inslaw story. But I think a lot of this Inslaw story may be lies. Who knows.

    The Canadians have been spying on all of this, at least according to this article by a guy who claims he defected from the Polish intelligence to the CIA.
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/dastych013106.htm

    Ward Churchill, the communist professor and fake Indian, has snooped around the Able Danger story.

    The Cabazon Indians were also supposedly involved with the adaptation of the Promis software.

    It’s hard to know what is true and what is disinformation.

  9. Snapple says:

    I also want to say that Able Danger looked into Chinese spying.
    This article says that the Chinese Military Intelligence called the PLA-2 got a copy of this Promis, too.

    They supposedly used it to steal the US military secrets and the Los Alamos serets.
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/dastych013106.htm

    That is what Able Danger was about, at first, right? China.

    I know that Maoists are Ward Churchill’s biggest defenders.
    A Maoist organization called MIM defends him.

    And Churchill was snooping about Able Danger by going to Cynthia McKinney’s Able Danger conspiracy meetings.

    These meetings tried to prove that Bush let 9-11 happen so he could help his supporters make warbucks.

    The Weekly Standard has information about this.

    So I wonder what is going on here.

    The author of this article does believe that people in the US government stole and adapted Promis and that Hanssen gave it to the Russians.
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/dastych013106.htm

    The author claims that “spies planted in the FBI had evidently been able to gather information by using the PROMIS-derivative software system underpinning all of these U.S. intelligence community database systems. “