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Pulitzer Parade in Libby Trial

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Write-brained, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. This article made me realize just how incestuous the whole Washington political scene is ... even among Pulitzer winners.


    Here's the first few paragraphs.

    By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer 18 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON - Three prominent journalists testified Monday that Bush administration officials volunteered leaks about a CIA operative, as I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's attorneys sought to suggest he was not responsible for exposing her.

    The jury in Libby's perjury trial heard a 66-second snippet of one of the deep background interviews given to Washington Post editor Bob Woodward for use in one of his books. They also saw a parade of Pulitzer-prize winning journalists discuss who did and did not leak the information that set off a scandal and ultimately brought Libby to trial.

    Woodward, who never wrote about Plame, and columnist Robert Novak, who first identified her in print, testified that then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage first told them in the summer of 2003 that the wife of prominent Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson,
    Valerie Plame, worked at the CIA.

    Another Post reporter, Walter Pincus, testified that then-White House press secretary
    Ari Fleischer "suddenly swerved off" topic during an interview to tell him of her employment.

    This contradicted a point in Fleischer's testimony last week.

    A major government witness, Fleischer testified Libby told him about Plame — earlier than Libby has told investigators he thought he first learned about her from NBC reporter Tim Russert.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Wow... that's like "David Aldridge reporting" only less timely...
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