Living up to our name, I'm posting this one after it was truly left over from last week, when other issues overshadowed the flurry of new Plamegate news suggesting the likelihood that Bob Woodward’s source, and the first to reveal Valerie Plame’s identity, is National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley. As I suggested a long time ago, it would be an ironic twist if the guy Bush appointed as National Security Advisor was the guy who first revealed, and potentially ruined, the identity of a national security asset.
And it is interesting that the news is coming out as part of Scooter Libby’s defense against charges that he lied to the Grand Jury about revealing Valerie Plame’s identity to a reporter. Last time I looked, it was illegal to lie to a Grand Jury even if you are the fiftieth person to reveal someone’s identity to a reporter. In fact, it’s illegal to lie to a Grand Jury if you’ve only revealed someone’s identity to your dog! And it’s illegal to lie to a Grand Jury, even if the person whose identity you’ve revealed to your dog is only a figment of your imagination! If you lied to the Grand Jury, you broke the law! Period.
There’s too much speculation to keep track of all the theories that are flying around this case, but if there is a common thread to all of them, it is this: Scooter is desperate to find a way - any way - to weasel out of these charges. And that’s not good for anyone else who may have been involved.
Stay tuned . . . .