Looks like our man Saint was way ahead of the curve on deducing who might have been the source of the so-called Plame leak.
From The Corner at NRO this morning:
POWELL [Rich Lowry ]He denies it. But I wouldn't be surprised if someone at State was the original source for Novak and/or Woodward. These people were not shy about talking to the press. Posted at 09:38 AM
HMMMM [Jonah Goldberg]Anyone want to take odds that Colin Powell was the one who told Woodward about Valerie Plame?Posted at 09:31 AM
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Good to see everyone finally catching on...
By the way (and consistent with Woodward's characterization), I don't believe Powell (or perhaps Wilkerson) disclosed Plame's identity with malice. Rather, they were explaining how Wilson got assigned to the critical mission. Here is the post where I originally speculated that it was Powell and the reasons for my decision:
nd finally my speculation... This man (or someone in his organization) leaked that Plame was in the CIA, probably as part of background as to why Wilson was selected for the mission to Niger.
[...and I go further regarding the "attack on Wilson" angle...]
- Wilson attacks administration on yellowcake story
- reporters dig in to find out how someone who appears to be a critic of the administration gets such a critical assignment
- On background, they describe why he was selected.
BTW, if you want to damage a guy who's telling lies about your administration and the facts, you don't "out" his wife. No, you publish his contradictory statements and the evidence - oh, and get the FBI under that evil bastard John Ashcroft to search his library records, tap his cellphone, and photoshop some images of him with hookers (and send them to his wife).
Now, I had no evidence for this... just pure speculation. I also thought it'd be a great media snafu, given the fact that Powell is a Saint in the eyes of the Press & the Dems.
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