Bob Woodward’s statement about the CIA leak case includes questions asked by the prosecutor but apparently not answered by Woodward.
Woodward says, for example, that Fitzgerald “asked if I had possibly planned to ask questions about what I had learned about
This question rises in the middle paragraph (graf 10 of 19 paragraphs; the page break on the Post’s web site), about as far down as you can bury a lede. Backward and forward lie similar questions.
“When asked by Fitzgerald if it was possible I told Libby I knew Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA and was involved in his assignment, I testified that it was possible I asked a question about Wilson or his wife, but that I had no recollection of doing so.” Thus possibly Woodward “asked” a question about
Continuing, Woodward says that “My notes do not include all the questions I asked, but I testified that if Libby had said anything on the subject, I would have recorded it in my notes.” The open question remains open: if Woodward had told Libby about
There is no reason to infer that Woodward told Libby about
Regarding the personal interview with Libby, the statement continues, “I testified that on
What about his handwritten notes? Or was this interview tape-recorded, as with the other interview mentioned previously in the statement? Why does the statement not clarify what records Woodward kept, in these four conversations pursuant to the inquiry?
“A portion of the typed notes shows that Libby discussed the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, mentioned “yellowcake” and said there was an “effort by the Iraqis to get it from Africa. It goes back to February ’02.” This was the time of
Regrettably, some larger questions promise to remain unanswered for a while. Did Libby get in touch with Woodward, or Woodward with Libby, in response to an article by Post reporter Walter Pincus, referring to Wilson’s Africa trip? Did that call, the day after Pincus’ article, set up the following interview with Libby? Was there going to be White House damage control at the Post, handled by Woodward?
In the interview, was Libby filling in for Cheney on the 18-page list of questions, including the yellowcake one? Did Cheney ever see any of those questions? Was Cheney around for the interview with Libby?
Was Cheney ever asked about the bogus Niger-uranium story, by Woodward? If not, why not?
And why does Woodward’s own statement publish questions not answered? Was that some journalistic muscle-flexing, to make up for all the previous knuckling under?
[This blog is a slightly edited version of this week’s column in the Prince George’s Sentinel.]