Saturday, October 15, 2005

Miller, Rove, Libby, etc.

I predicted in an email from February 2004 that "Scooter" Libby was probably the one who leaked Valerie Plame's status as an undercover operative. It looks like the grand jury is wrapping up, partly because Judy Miller finally testified (twice). To commemorate that august occasion, the New York Times will run not one but two articles on the topic. One is written by Miller herself, the other is based on Tinterviews with her and those around her.

I honestly can't force myself to plod through both, each being stupendously long and somewhat repetitive. It's clear that Libby was one of the leakers (Novak had two sources). It's interesting that Miller got the leak a month before the leak that got printed, and that she wanted to run it, but her editors refused. You see, she had gotten so badly fooled about WMD in Iraq before the war (her articles were the main channel for official misinformation before the invasion), that the Times no longer trusted her judgment. The administration had to find a different credulous soul, one without editors. Enter Robert Novak.

There, now you don't have to read the Times tomorrow.

Roves repeated appearances make it clear that the grand jury is pretty curious what he has to say, too. That means that the right hand men to the President and Vice-President could be up on espionage charges by Friday.