Apr 17, 2006

NY Sun = Spinsational Stuff..!


Keep on shoveling...

24 Comments:

Anonymous Pre-K Overachiever said...

Secret designations are secret designations.

Just because you are between speed limit signs on the highway does not mean that there is no speed limit, right?

This spin is laughable, in fact the spin ALL along has been to take the focus off what Libby is charged with - lying and obstruction of justice.

Sheep! I mean Sheesh!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"State Department memorandum at the center of the investigation into the leak of the name of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, appears to offer no particular indication that Ms. Plame's role at the agency was classified or covert." Again, the WH is covering their tails. We know clearly that Mr. Wilson was an active covert. It sounds like CYA. I read the Unclassifiedm emo on July 7, 2003.
http://www.nysun.com/pics/31062_2.php
(You should add this website to your post for bloggers to download and look for themselves). I like this part by the State official in the memo: “There is no indication, however, that the anyone in INR met with Ambassador Wilson except at the February 19, 2002 meeting hosted by CIA, or discussed his trip and what he learned with anyone in the Department or at CIA.” But,in March 2002: Wilson briefed the CIA on his findings in Niger. The agency sent to the office of the Vice-President a memo of the report. Smells like coverup to me.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

Smells like those humans are nervous. Sorry -- cannot bring myself to call them 'people' as that distinction gives them some sort of 'class', of which we have very much established and they have truly exemplified,

they possess none.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LYING AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE???
METHINKS Pug from FLATBUSH is ready to drop the hammer on someone and these folks want you to think twice?

FROM ARTICLE.............

""The lawyer, Robert Luskin, said about the earlier reports on the memo. "The fact that the whole memo was marked this way further substantiates that nobody involved in discussions of her or her role in sending Mr. Wilson had the slightest inkling she was in classified status."............Mr. Wilson told the Sun yesterday that the State Department's account of how his trip was arranged was "absolutely inaccurate."

"The meeting was not convened by my wife," the former ambassador said. "She had, as it now turns out, the misfortune of having escorted me into the building. ... She left before the meeting started." He also said that the subject of his going to Niger did not arise until halfway through the session.


Leaking any information from a classified document is a security violation and sometimes a crime, but deliberately disclosing the identity of a covert operative is a far more grave offense, according to intelligence and legal experts.

Mr. Luskin, who represents President Bush's top political aide, Karl Rove, said Mr. Rove did not see the memo at the time it was issued.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I have to agree with pre-k overachiever. The media is taking the focus of what the little soldier's charges by Fitz. But, also, the media is taking the focus of the real meat and potatoes of the leak case and that is a WH conspiracy to punish Wilson for a political and hidden agenda. All of the media and newspapers are all competing with one another to get brownie points from the public on this leak case. You are right, 6 miles. They are nervous and scared to death.

NY Sun + Leak case coverage = brownie points

1:09 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Interesting changing picture!

I read the first page of this crud early this morning. It wasn't worth the time to read all of it then because it looks like a crock o'crap.

What is Liz Cheney's job title since she is now spinning stories to the Iranians? Does she work directly for Deadeye Daddy?

1:19 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

If PJF and staff did not have sufficient evidence that there has been much wrong-doing by this bunch, the investigation would have been over
long before now. One little memo (sanitized) does not a book make....

1:21 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

and, as in days of yore....it's all about the coverup.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

More on Enron trial. Berkowitz is kicking tail! From WSJ:

Skilling’s New Favorite Word: “No.”
Posted by Peter Lattman

“We’re having some difficulty with the gray area,” said Sean Berkowitz, the prosecutor cross-examining Jeffrey Skilling, referring to a shaded portion of an exhibit being displayed on the pull-down screen.
With those words, Berkowitz unintentionally summarized the morning’s cross-examination. Berkowitz is trying to persuade the jury to see Skilling’s actions in black and white. Put another way, he’s trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Skilling committed the crimes for which he is accused. And at least during this morning’s testimony, while Berkowitz scored some points in a few areas, the overall proof against Skilling still seems rather gray, in the Law Blog’s opinion.
Berkowitz covered two substantive area of the indictment this morning — Skilling’s stock sales and his alleged false statements about the health of the company’s international assets. But he began with some brief staccato questions to frame one of the government’s main contentions: Given that Skilling and Lay ran Enron, it’s implausible that they couldn’t have committed any crimes. After getting Skilling to agree that he had his “hands firmly on the wheel at Enron” and that he was involved in all major strategic decisions made by the company, Berkowitz said to Skilling, “You’ve had two years to tailor your testimony to make it fit.” Skilling responded: “I have nothing to hide,” a refrain he repeated throughout the morning, “so I don’t think it has anything to do with tailoring my testimony.” Berkowitz also raised questions about the fact that Skilling has produced at trial hardly a single piece of paper or email he wrote while at Enron. “I didn’t use email at the time,” Skilling said.
In the Law Blog’s opinion, there were two instances when Berkowitz succeeded in casting doubt on the credibility of Skilling’s testimony. First, Berkowitz reviewed a meeting that Skilling had with Lay in August 2001, just a week after Skilling resigned from the company. Skilling testified that he and Lay met to discuss strategy issues relating to certain businesses. But later that afternoon, Lay had his first meeting scheduled with Sherron Watkins, the disgruntled employee who had written the now-famous whistleblower memo. Were you aware of the Watkins memo when you met with him? No, said Skilling. He didn’t mention it to you? No. Even though Lay was meeting with her later that day? No. Now, the Law Blog thinks that if we’re Ken Lay and we’ve got a meeting later in the day with an Enron employee who’s raised serious questions about the company’s accounting, we might ask the recently resigned CEO for his thoughts.
The second part of the cross-examination in which the government scored points was a series of questions relating to stock sales made in late 2000 by him, his girlfriend (now-wife Rebecca Carter), and his ex-wife. Toward the end of 2000, Skilling said he sold a chunk of his Enron stock for diversification purposes. Berkowitz asked Skilling whether he told his girlfriend Rebecca Carter to sell stock, pointing out that she sold $1.65 million worth in November 2000. No, said Skilling. Were you aware that she sold stock? No, said Skilling. Berkowitz then asked Skilling whether he told his ex-wife to sell stock, pointing out that she also sold Enron stock, pocketing $14 million, in October 2000? No, said Skilling." And Skilling didn't know that his ex-wife and now-wife Rebecca Carter that they sold their stocks? Right!
Teak, Liz works for Daddy Cheney. All in the family!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The media skirmishes over Donald Rumsfeld continued Monday, as four retired generals wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal defending the secretary of defense and suggesting that some of his critics don't understand the war on terrorism.

"Much of the acrimony expressed by Secretary Rumsfeld's military critics appears to stem from his efforts to 'transform' the military by moving to a joint expeditionary force that is lighter and more mobile in nature to meet the nation's current and future threats," the article said.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks!

It is official! Governor Ryan is guilty! Congratulations to Fitz!

CHICAGO - Former Gov. George Ryan, who drew international praise when he commuted the sentences of everyone on Illinois' death row, was convicted of racketeering and fraud Monday in a corruption scandal that ended his political career in 2003.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060417/ap_on_re_us/governor_s_trial

Who is next????

1:45 PM  
Blogger Former Fed said...

I must be hitting the keys incorrectly or else I am on Rosemary's bad list.

Lots of spin here. Anyone who has dealt with classified information knows that the paragraph classification covers everything in the paragraph.

Luskin's smoke is just silly.

It is fun to read about the food fight between State and CIA when reading the State memo.

2:10 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Congrats and great job, Mr.Fitzgerald and staff! That has to take a bit of stress off....and it will make others even more nervous, hehe.

If Lay and Skilling get convicted...some people might need another box of Pampers and wipes, SPB.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yes, Teak!

Lay and Skilling will need the pampers and the serious baby wipes. Let's not forget the matching orange jumpsuits for both them. They certainly will be crying out for their mother when Berkowitz nails both of them! Both of those jokers really disgraced the public and honest companies by skimming the public and Enron. Next up to bat for Fitz: Conrad Black!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Now as I see it Bush and company are trying to say Plame wasn't covert and it was ok to use her name. Now what does that say for the current CIA agents who are working covert. I'm past those good/bad leak stuff. My question is Bush/Cheney/Rove/Libby and others lied to investigators/grandjury is that now legal? All should be charged with obstruction of justice and lying under other. We now know that it was a group efford to leak info to hurt Wilson, so Bush is the leader of the pack. Libby could have saved himself by telling the truth at first but he covered up for his Bosses now he will be the price.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

And, the heavily redacted memo was the basis for the story's assertion and comments by Libby's defense? That's heavily desperate. What a waste of column-inches.

Imagine a thirty-year plan that gets the neocons X'd because they couldn't resist overreaching. What we have here is ideologues in hell. Which suggests that their reality is our heaven.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Pitt said...

Excuse moi: Rove's lawyer...

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Fed, yes well it is pretty much irrelevant.

It does not change the obstruction charges against Libby and the conspiracy charges about to be doled out, whether the memo said it or not.

Its pretty much cut and dry- the neocons over-reached and broke the law by disclosing CIA agent identities.

You do not- I repeat do NOT do that. I may even know the identity of a agent in the CIA, and I sure as hell do nothing with that information or openly disclose it.

In fact, you have to be very careful- delete any messages relating to their name or anything so it never even gets given away accidentally.

That is something they for certain negated- as the information and her identity was passed around the whole office like a box of candy.

Totally inappropriate and involving obvious motive of conspiracy. Drop the book on 'em

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4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shameful blatant timing in declassifying and releasing this 'secret' memo

Plame Wasn't Covert? NY Sun Gives It One Last Try
By Justin Rood - April 17, 2006, 1:42 PM

The newly-enterprising New York Sun got its hands on a key State Department memo from 2003 that identifies Valerie (Plame) Wilson as the wife of Joe Wilson. It's an informative new piece of the Plame puzzle -- only the Sun uses it to prove pretty much the exact opposite of what it shows. At least that's what an high-ranking intel source familiar with the memo tells us.

Here are the basic details.

Every graf of the three-page doc was marked "Secret," including the one that mentions Valerie Plame. The Sun comes to the up-is-down conclusion that her identity, therefore, wasn't a secret.

"[The memo] appears to offer no particular indication that Ms. Plame's role at the agency was classified or covert," wrote Sun reporter Josh Gerstein. He quotes Karl Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin:

"The fact that the whole memo was marked this way further substantiates that nobody involved in discussions of her or her role in sending Mr. Wilson had the slightest inkling she was in classified status."

The logic doesn't make sense on its face. The memo's author classified the information as secret, but thought the information wasn't secret?

Carl Ford, the former chief of State's intelligence bureau, wrote the document, and it turns out he's still kicking around Washington. I gave him a ring.

Ford didn't want to comment on the matter -- although he did tell me that Gerstein had not contacted him to ask about the document, or what he was thinking.

I did speak to a former senior intelligence official who was familiar with the memo and others like it, and ran Luskin's thinking past him. "Since the memo's classified secret, that's hard to understand," he said. "The paragraph [Valerie Plame] is mentioned in is classified secret.

"The notion the Sun has is just not correct," he continued. "For someone in the media, [Luskin's reasoning] may make a whole lot of sense. But the fact is that in the intelligence community, it's just assumed that somebody might be undercover. You always classify. . . you don't assume that they're not. Never."

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000392.php#more

a hopeful American

4:39 PM  
Anonymous e said...

The brain exponerations that the WH is infected with has now spread to the sve face press...

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean feces press....to some of these out of control neocon zionists, shooting your own mother is okay and legal as long as it helps them.

And saves the whole country they are loyal too from attacks.....

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Karl Rove grown bored just playing 'reporter' on Gannon/Guckert's blog and decided to try his hand in print?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles. said...

Anon... I think you're very right on that one.

He's got way too much time and way to much to gain/protect.

9:24 PM  

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