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John Amato

John Amato

Posted: November 22, 2005 12:05 PM

Bob Woodward, I've Got a Leak to Sell You


Bob Woodward joined Larry King in his first interview after revealing that he knew the name of Valerie Plame and was called to testify in front of Fitzmas himself. See the video here. I was talking to Jane and I agree that Bob knew he was going to be called as a witness sometime down the road so he finally came clean and told what he knew. First, listening to Bob for over thirty minutes almost put me in a self induced coma, but beside that is he really serious in his beliefs? If I want to leak something to a reporter, does Bob believe that I would hold out a bright-red-flashing-neon light that said "leak" while I talk to him? He can't be that naive, but the way he tells it, his source told him in such a casual manner that it didn't register to him. Isn't that the way a person would leak the information while trying to hide that fact, Bob? (By the way, you can forget some small potato being the leak. Bob wouldn't give those guys more than fifteen minutes of his time.)

Was Cheney, Libby and Rove sitting around playing "Texas Hold Em," wondering why Bob hadn't spilled his guts on the pages of the Washington Post all this time? Woodward only confirms that the White House was trying to tell every sympathetic reporter in earshot that Valerie Plame was CIA and Joseph Wilson's wife. It doesn't help Scooter's case either even though Bob can't seem to remember much from two years ago. I had the feeling that Bob thought he would be some sort of gonzo reporter when he released this information, but instead looks like the village idiot.