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Lannes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 11:18 PM
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Star Tribune editorial: CIA & Iraq/An effort to shift the blame
Edited on Wed Jul-27-05 11:18 PM by Lannes
In case some of you missed it:

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5529639.html

Which is where Novak comes in. Pincus and VandeHei write that former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow spoke with Novak twice before the columnist outed Plame. Harlow said "he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson's wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be used." Harlow said he then checked that Plame was indeed working under cover and called Novak back to reiterate that she did not send her husband to Niger and that her name should not be used. Novak later wrote that the person he spoke to at the CIA said if her name were revealed, she probably would never get another overseas assignment and that there might be "difficulties" if she even traveled abroad. But, Novak said, he wasn't told that revealing her identity would endanger her or anyone else.

Novak has been around Washington for decades. Even a novice would know Harlow's message meant that outing Plame would be dangerous. Novak appears so eager to carry White House water that he ignored the CIA warnings.

Indicted or not, by the time this investigation has run its course, chances are good that no one in the White House, nor Novak, will find themselves covered in glory.


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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 11:24 PM
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1. I agree - I thought news about Harlow was significant
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 11:25 PM
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2. I wonder if Rove's got some kind of dreadful dirt on Novak.
Somehow it's not hard to imagine Novak's erred before.
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