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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 07:46 PM
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The CIA Agent Flap: FBI Asks for Reporters to Talk
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,570189,00.html

FBI investigators looking into the criminal leak of a CIA agents identity have asked Bush Administration officials including senior political adviser Karl Rove to release reporters from any confidentiality agreements regarding conversations about the agent. If signed, the single-page requests made over the last week would give investigators new ammunition for questioning reporters who have so far, according to those familiar with the case, not disclosed the names of administration officials who divulged that Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson, worked for the CIA.

While irregular, the move is not unprecedented. Various officials were told from the start that such a request might be made. Along with the recusal this week of Attorney General John Ashcroft, this suggests that investigators are ready to enter the next stage of the probe...

..."From the prosecutors' point of view, it is likely a precursor to subpoenaing journalists to testify before a grand jury, and then asking a judge to hold them in contempt if they refuse to do so," she noted.


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Looks like it's about to heat up!
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Hokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 07:50 PM
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1. Get ready No-facts
Pack your toothbrush and favorite lubrication aid.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 07:52 PM
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3. Don't you mean "denture brush"
Ole chiclet tooth will be eating soup, when they take his dentures away in jail :)
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:11 PM
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7. With the kind of service he'll be providing, he won't NEED dentures.
Haw haw haw. ;-)
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AnnabelLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 09:39 PM
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13. Not that I believe Novak will ever be held accountable
But, wouldn't it be delish if he was denied his eyebrow glue in prison?:evilgrin:
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 07:50 PM
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2. One step at a time. Need to "frog march" them outta office!
Bear down DUrs.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:01 PM
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4. HELLLLO!!! Wow, they are being asked to sign releases,...
,...HA,...now THAT is clever!!! If they fail to sign them, they look guilty,...if they do sign them and the reporters fail to spill the beans, both the reporters and leakers look guilty!! Oh, sh*t, this is freakin' fabulous!!!

Hmmmm,...why do I still feel a sense of suspicion? Is someone(s) being set up to take the fall?

Ugh,...gotta shake this off! Looks like a great step to me.
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demgrrrll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:04 PM
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5. Atrios has a link to a new Josh Marshall "coded" blog post.
This is getting better and better.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:23 PM
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17. I hate to sound dumb, but - what the heck is a "coded blog post"?
?

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demgrrrll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 12:05 AM
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21. That's what atrios called the post, he wrote that JM was trying to get
the information over in code. Other people have linked the article at Du, search under Josh Marshall.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:21 PM
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9. So what will the WH do next
to distract us? Is it time to defrost Osama yet?

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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:25 PM
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18. "Is someone(s) being set up to take the fall?"
Standard operating procedure for the traitors.

It's our duty as patriotic citizens to make sure that gambit doesn't stick.



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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 08:00 AM
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24. It it IS a great step; & Ashcroft recused because he knew it was coming
When the FBI shows how easy it is to get the answer, and the news breaks, I bet Ashcroft didn't want to be standing there holding an investigation that had showed no progress. It would have shown him to be obstructing the truth getting out.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:09 PM
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6. Note the dismissive use of "flap" in the headline
Rather like calling the US BSE discovery a "scare". The story itself suggests a rather more serious situation than the editor wants to convey in the headline, so a "scandal" becomes a "flap".
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Military Brat Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 09:25 PM
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10. Actually, "flap" is an appropriate word for the situation
Edited on Fri Jan-02-04 09:26 PM by Military Brat
I was angered by the use of the word "flap" when it was initially used in a news article, and then I looked it up. It means an excited state of agitation.

Let's hope the entire bush team is in a big flap about this flap. Gore Vidal indicated that it would take something like the exposure of treason in the Plame incident which could bring bush down.

"I actually see something smaller tripping him up: this business over outing the wife of Ambassador Wilson as a CIA agent. It's often these small things that get you. Something small enough for a court to get its teeth into. Putting this woman at risk because of anger over what her husband has done is bitchy, dangerous to the nation, dangerous to other CIA agents. This resonates more than Iraq."
http://alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17442

Edited for clarity.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 09:39 PM
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12. I think though...
....that most people would consider "flap" less serious than "scandal" which was what they always called Clinton's troubles.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:27 PM
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19. "This resonates more than Iraq."
Sad, sad commentary on American values and desire for justice. :(

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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 08:13 PM
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8. 10 bucks the White House tells them not to sign it
just like the complete disclosure over 911

Ha Ha
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 09:35 PM
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11. And the weather forecast inside the betway is
No snow, and very hot and dry... and we are not talking about
actual weather, just the political type
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neverforget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:03 PM
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14. Rove to prosecutors: "Go ahead and sign those papers. Thanks
Edited on Fri Jan-02-04 11:03 PM by neverforget
to Ashcroft, the evidence has been 'taken care of'"

edit: spelling
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:19 PM
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16. Wrong...
... you can't shred the memories of the reporters the leakers called.

That's why there's no escape for the leakers. Too many people already know who they are.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:29 PM
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20. Sure you can! Remember MK-ULTRA?
I jest, of course. Kinda. ;)

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ngGale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-02-04 11:17 PM
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15. CIA Agent Flap...
The Valerie Plame CIA debacle. That's a felony, big one. I would think that CIA informants are not your typical office gossip over lunch. Therefore, it had to come from the top, the very top. Hope someone does take responsibility for this. The story was being rationalized in the beginning. That if she had not been an agent in a year then that wasn't a felony. Well, try telling that to her former ops, whom I feel sure most aren't around anymore.
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 12:25 AM
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22. Best news of the day
It will be far more honorable for the press to expose the traitor who put the WORLD in far greater danger of being attacked by wmds. Once Americans realize the scope of this crime, Bush support will fall to new lows. Especially if we're actually attacked with a bio/chem weapon that perhaps Valerie Plame's organization could have prevented.
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osaMABUSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 12:49 AM
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23. I like the timing - Holidays over, SOTU 2003 to be revisited...
Edited on Sat Jan-03-04 12:50 AM by elbayl
Ok, we got the Holidays behind us, the Orange scare tactic has lost its luster, and Shrub's 2004 SOTU address is coming up with reminders of last year's 19 word lie surely to pop up.

The connection to the CIA operative outing and SOTU lie will be made. Finally, one scandal might actually have legs! Can we get one biggie to fall? Rove?
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-04 10:19 AM
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25. So why isn't the media covering this 24/7?
The DOJ has appointed a Special Prosecutor to investigate the Bu$h WH!

When they did this to Clinton, it was 24/7 for six years.

One of the big reasons is because so many people in the media are involved in this and may also ended up facing criminal charges. This leak blows the whole deal out of the water. It will totally expose how this misadministration operates and their control of the US press. This is very dangerous territory for not just the 6 journalists who know who the leaker is but for every other journalist that has been an integral part of implementing this cabal's agenda.

I just hope Plamegate is the first of many cans of worms that this SP will start to open.
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