Back in August when the Valerie Plame investigation was really heating up,
Robert Novak tried to say he learned that Joe Wilson’s wife was Valerie Plame
through Who’s Who in America. Of course the Bush supporters jumped on that
because they thought it would exonerate any wrong doing. This of course was not
the case because it was quickly brought to light that saying Joe Wilson’s wife
worked at the CIA was essentially the same as saying Valerie Plame.
The Who’s Who argument is something that Judith Miller will not be able to
invoke. In her article in the New York Time’s she lost any chance of giving that
defense by this statement:
I was not permitted to take notes of what I told the grand jury, and my
interview notes on Mr. Libby are sketchy in places. It is also difficult,
more than two years later, to parse the meaning and context of phrases, of
underlining and of parentheses. On one page of my interview notes, for
example, I wrote the name “Valerie Flame.” Yet, as I told Mr.
Fitzgerald, I simply could not recall where that came from, when I wrote it
or why the name was misspelled.
Now since she had the name wrong in her notes that implies she was
transcribing something she was told either via phone or verbally. Perhaps she
talked to Bob Novak about it, but that is most likely not the case. Someone had
to actually tell her Valerie Plame’s name and she wrote it down wrong, as is
common when transcribing something verbally.
This case keeps getting more and more interesting with every passing day.
What makes it more interesting is the holes in the defense of everyone involved.
It seems as though it is ripping at the seams. The next couple weeks will
definitely be the most interesting of them all.