Wilson retraction re: Karl Rove?

September 29, 2003 at 3:10 pm
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Folks,

This story is blowing up
at the moment so I’ll just point out the necessary and let you follow the news
for yourselves on this one.

First, Ambassador Wilson more or less
retracted his accusation about Karl Rove today, speaking to ABCNEWS’ Good Morning America today:


“In one speech I gave out in Seattle not too long ago, I mentioned the name
Karl Rove,” he said. “I think I was probably carried away by the spirit of the
moment. I don’t have any knowledge that Karl Rove himself was either the leaker
or the authorizer of the leak. But I have great confidence that, at a minimum,
he condoned it and certainly did nothing to shut it down.”


The White House categorically denies any involvement in the leak.


Meanwhile, the Washington Post says two top White House officials called a
half-dozen journalists to reveal that ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s wife is a
CIA operative. For more on their coverage of the story, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17134-2003Sep29.html

Which
two White House officials did it? Will Bob Novak crack and reveal his sources?
Will an independent, unbiased investigation of the leaks be conducted, or will
it be left up to political apointee John Ashcroft? Will we ever find out the
truth, or will there be fall guys for this one too? (Does the Batman
sky-projector alert still work?)

And the White House briefing today by
spokesman Scott McClellan was downright comedic as they defended Karl Rove and
referred everything else to the Justice Department, apparently immune to the
suggestion that the investigation should be done by an independent. Over and
over, he had little to say but “Do
you have specific information to bring to my attention?” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17278-2003Sep29.html At
the moment, however, the press seems most interested in McClellan’s comment that
“The president knows that Karl Rove wasn’t involved.”


Back in heavy rotation this week, the
pop hit “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”


Let the games begin.

 

–C



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From: Chris Nelder [mailto:chris.nelder@idiotwind.net]
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Subject: [GetRealList]: Karl Rove leaked info. about
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Folks,

You may recall the article
I sent around about two weeks ago on this issue,
which had yet to be picked
up by the U.S. media. Well, they’ve finally
picked it up, and some
Congressmen are investigating. Not surprisingly, the
instigator of the
investigation is George Tenet, Director of the CIA. But
unfortunately, the
guy who would have to prosecute this is John Ashcroft.
Anybody want to place
bets on whether justice will be done in this case of
national treason
committed for the benefit of Bush?

BUSH Administration Is Focus of
Inquiry – Washington Post
“Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for
revenge,” the senior official
said of the alleged leak.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11208-2003Sep27.html

Ambassador Wilson, for his part, has commented
“At the end of the day, it’s
of keen interest to me to see whether or not we
can get Karl Rove
frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust
me, when I use
that name, I measure my words.”

Revenge begets
revenge.

For more on this and other matters related to the fradulent
weapons
“intelligence” about Iraq and 9-11, this interview with Ambassador
Wilson is
worthwhile:
http://www.pacificviews.org/archives/000094.html

And today’s Democracy Now broadcast is worth a
listen.
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/09/29/1459200 In addition to
the Ambassador Wilson topic,
they cover Kerry and Dean’s calls for the
resignations of Rumsfeld and
Wolfowitz, for selling us a bill of goods on
Iraq’s WMD. I think it’s highly
unlikely that Bush will put those guys out
to pasture, but the fact that
they’re getting some pressure now (and
returning calls from the media!) is
good indication that they’re no longer
going to be able to do whatever they
want to do, no matter what the rest of
the world
thinks.

–C

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