Oct 7, 2007

Mouth Zero...

Novak: Wilson did not forcefully object to naming of CIA wife in column

Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail.

“He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said.

Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said.

Novak forcefully defended his handling of the column and the legal wrangling that surrounded the special counsel investigation in a seminar on the CIA leak case at the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists Convention.

“It was an off-hand remark to a question I asked in an interview I requested,” Novak said. “This was not a conspiracy in the federal government to go after Valerie Plame Wilson.”

Novak said he complied with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s subpoena to testify because his lawyer told him he had no legal grounds to resist, and losing a court fight could erode the legal protections of the press. He noted that, as a syndicated columnist, he had to pay the legal fees himself, to the tune of $160,000. His home newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times, contributed $30,000, he said.

He was surprised when the questioning began, that he was not pressed on his source. The reason, he said, was that Fitzgerald already knew that it was then Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

At one point, he recalled, former White House aide Kenneth Duberstein called Novak on Armitage’s behalf, asking if Armitage was the source.

“I said, ‘I can’t give you that information,’” Novak said with a grin.

Novak said his critics, including those in the press, have attacks his ethics, when in fact their quarrel was with his ideology.

“I was stunned by how little editorial support I received. I was under assault from editorial writers from across the country,” Novak said. “It is startling how little is known about this case by the people who are commenting on it.”

He said his case shows the need for a shield law like the one approved last week by a Senate committee. But he added, “Is it not hypocritical for my critics to support a law that would have saved me from three years of confrontation?”

30 Comments:

Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Oh no Bob you don't need a shield-you've been holding those cronies all these years.

What will happen when that's all gone? Your cronies are done in American politics-some people say just like the whig party. Ouch...you nasty ole boy, put down the pen.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous there's an elvis-face on my tortilla said...

Hi Prissy,

I'm confused. [ Ok, stop laughing, I know that's not news:)]

First paragraph of The Hill story said:

"Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming...SNIP...that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail."

Prissy, when did Libby go to jail? I thought Bush intervened and Libby never went behind bars.

Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case,7-2-07

Elvis - Jailhouse Rock

Celeste Aida

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Novak,

Don't feel bad. I said something 200 of your conterparts did not like and my phone was tapped and my conversations recorded.

Spiteful bunch of people.

I won't even mention DC.

10:57 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

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11:38 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Hi CA:) You know, the thought struck me that -gee, why do you suppose Novak would be yapping like inbred wiener dog- again?

Then I found thisDid White House Lie About Solution Provider's Role in Loss of 5 Million E-mails?

When Congress asked about 5 million executive branch e-mails that went missing, a White House lawyer pointed the finger at an outside IT contractor.

The only problem? No such IT contractor exists, according to sources close to the investigation of a possible violation of the Federal Records and Presidential Records acts.
---

And what was once lost is now found...it will be just
like magic to these black and white thinkers. Poof, the emails reappear-dooming them all.

No indeed no jail for Scooter, no squealing and no jail time-a MOB deal really.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Novak changes reality. Nasty fool.

Shooter dead along with six victims in rampage - CNN.com

How awful.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous somehow, these things are connected said...

Triple Cross by Lance is coming out in paperpack, in December; this C-Span BookTV youtube short where Peter Lance blames "Patrick Fitzgerald" for 9/11.

Peter Lance - Triple Cross


And this odd story.
Peter Lance & NY Shield Law, Aug of 07

Is there some connection between pushing the Federal Shield Law and Peter Lance's book blaming PJF for 9/11?

Celeste Aida

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raw Story | Book: Couric felt pressured by NBC to support war

Speakers: View from the Top - Stanford Graduate School of Business

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swedespeed Forums: Israeli Air Force killed 34 American servicemen and wounded 171

"Porter, who asked that his recollections not be made public while he was alive because they involved classified information, also discussed the transcripts during a lunch in 2000 at the Cosmos Club in Washington with another retired American diplomat, Andrew Kilgore, the former U.S. ambassador to Qatar.

Kilgore recalled Porter saying that he "saw the telex, read it, and passed it right back" to the embassy official who had shown it to him. He quoted Porter as recalling that the transcript showed "Israel was attacking, and they know it's an American ship."

Haviland Smith, a young CIA officer stationed in Beirut during the Six-Day War, said that although he never saw the transcript, he had "heard on a number of occasions exactly the story that you just told me about what that transcript contained."

He had later been told, Smith recalled, "that ultimately all of the transcripts were deep-sixed. I was told that they were deep-sixed because the administration did not wish to embarrass the Israelis."

Why does it seem the American People have been told nothing but lies about Israel and their actions?
Truth and Justice for USS Liberty

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raw Story | Post editor says Bush, Gonzales should be tortured

The MSM needs to start telling the truth always to the people. Start by outing all the religions, secret societies, think tanks, corporations, etc. that harm children and humanity,

What was the name of that "friend" that Novak gave an advanced copy of his column before it went to print?

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/files/Hohlt.pdf

Never mind, I found it. It would help if the blog-keep would answer questions. Geesh.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supporters Fear Ed Brown Is Being Tortured

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh cardboard fitz, oh when?

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Tiny Town, Suddenly Smaller by Seven, Mourns and Wonders, Why? - New York Times

Sounds familiar in this country.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Jessica Seinfeld on pureed veggies said...

To Re: Israeli bombing of US vessel, 40+ years ago.

"Rashomon Effect" is a shorthand-tag used in psychology when you have to deal with contradictory accounts of an event.
Rashomon-Wiki

Rashomon trailer

Celeste Aida

Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld on Oprah rebroadcast, now, on ABC.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s Purée Hell! Testing Jessica Seinfeld’s New Kiddie Cookbook | The New York Observer

Tricks are for rabbits.

If she was plain Jane Smith instead of Mrs. Jessica Seinfeld..would she even be on Product Placement Queen Oprah? Sorry, Oprah should realize that she is part of the problem.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous same old, same old said...

"Tricks are for rabbits"

Well that would make you Bugs Bunny then wouldn't it?

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Seinfeld is a whore who wraps herself in a deliberately constructed mom-and-pureed-apple-pie persona. She started dating Jerry the week she got home from her honeymoon (her first husband was also wealthy, but not Seinfeld wealthy). Then she toyed with Jerry by going out with another guy.

Jerry is to blame, too. He's immature and selfish and relishes being able to be a pig without being called out on it.

Creepy, creepy couple.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry was too creepy when he was dating the 17 year old at 40. Where were her parents? $$$$

5:43AM--

"Tricks" cereal slogan tricked kids too, yes? Sorta like Bugs Bunny.

Post your own comment if you think it is the same old.

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8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raw Story | Nixon on tape: Fred Thompson is 'dumb as hell'

9:02 AM  
Anonymous it's a bright sunny day in chicago said...

[Aside to 5:56 AM, I'll stay out of your way. Even if things aren't as sane & sanitary as Jessica and Jerry want us to believe: to err is human, to forgive is divine. Looks like they've forgiven each other.]

I agree, Jessica wouldn't have made the cut for Oprah, without Jerry.

I like Jessica Seinfeld.

Plain Jessica Seinfeld is very ordinary and untheatrical. She's as comfortable as an old friend or a favorite sweater.

Nothing wrong with that.

I envy Jessica. Her happiness, her ordinariness, her marriage. Her children.

I envy Oprah. Her ability to make lemonade out of the lemon of her life and her ability make alot of cookies for alot of people.

Celeste Aida

Envy [the desire to have something one does not have] and Jealousy[fear of losing what one has] are the source of human anger and agression.

The medulla oblongata is also that part of the brain that we share in common with reptiles. That's where anger and agression reside.

The reptilian brain.

Tells you something about the nature of the drive towards violence and war.

The basic drives, hunger and sex, also have their genesis in the reptilian brain.

The human brain, your grey matter, has oversight...most of the time.

Politicians manipulate at the level of the primitive brain, the medulla oblongata, the reptilian brain. Politicians know how to tug at jealous and envious feelings and play with our emotions: our fear of loss and our desire to have.

I'm tired of politicians.

Ciao

9:08 AM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Howdy All,

What an interesting tidbit on Jerry and the Mrs.

CA, I wonder if those currently in power have a larger medulla oblongata than non-violent people? LOL

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Charlie Wilson's War" by George Crile

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh.

Wilson's Blogmanac: July 2004

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 million emails ? Lost and found . I delte 600 a day.
I feel sorry for whoever found and will have the chore of sorting thru the drivel and lies.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous to prissy said...

Prissy,

Too funny. Could be done non-invasively now with MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging...don't even have to crack open a skull.

CA

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Seinfeld's wife is a plagiarist and a whore. Not that there's anything wrong with that, or is there?

3:40 PM  
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