On Wednesday, Raw Story learned from sources that Bob Woodward's source on
Valerie Plame's identity was Steven Hadley (view article
here). Today, Hadley was asked about this by reporters and, well read it for
Hadley Won't Say if He's Woodward's
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley won't say if he was the source
who told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that Bush administration
critic Joseph Wilson's wife worked for the CIA. But Hadley volunteered on
Friday that some administration officials say he's not the leaker.
Accompanying President Bush at a summit here, Hadley was asked at a news
briefing whether he was Woodward's source.
Referring to news accounts about the case, Hadley said with a smile, "I've
also seen press reports from White House officials saying that I am not one
of his sources." He said he would not comment further because the CIA leak
case remains under investigation.
Leaving the room, Hadley was asked if his answer amounted to a yes or a
no. "It is what it is," he said.
Woodward, in a sworn deposition Monday, said a senior administration
official told him in mid-June 2003 that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked
as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction.
Plame's identity was revealed in July 2003 by columnist Robert Novak,
eight days after her husband, a former U.S. ambassador, accused the Bush
administration of twisting prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi
Judging by that answer it seems more like it could be a yes. If he knew he
wasn't the source, then it would be safe for him to set the record straight. Now
he is leaving the nation wondering if the head of our national security is a
leaker of classified information. That is a scary thought.