Sunday, February 15, 2004

Novak Knew

From The American Prospect:

Plame Gate

Did Robert Novak willfully disregard warnings that his column would endanger Valerie Plame? Our sources say “yes.”

By Murray S. Waas

Web Exclusive: 2.12.04

Two government officials have told the FBI that conservative columnist Robert Novak was asked specifically not to publish the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame in his now-famous July 14 newspaper column. The two officials told investigators they warned Novak that by naming Plame he might potentially jeopardize her ability to engage in covert work, stymie ongoing intelligence operations, and jeopardize sensitive overseas sources.

These new accounts, provided by a current and former administration official close to the situation, directly contradict public statements made by Novak. He has downplayed his own knowledge about the potential harm to Plame and ongoing intelligence operations by making that disclosure. He has also claimed in various public statements that intelligence officials falsely led him to believe that Plame was only an analyst, and the only potential consequences of her exposure as a CIA officer would be that she might be inconvenienced in her foreign travels.

As if there was any doubt about Novak’s treachery. Read the rest here.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if Novak, one of Bush’s staunchest defenders and apologists, is the unwitting (or do I mean witless) dupe in blowing open the doors on one of the most secretive administrations in modern history?