Bob Woodward responds to Libby subpoena

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AJ Strata reports some interesting news from the Washington Post:

"In a related development, The Post yesterday was subpoenaed by Libby's defense team to produce records related to the case that the newspaper had not turned over to Fitzgerald. Eric Lieberman, a counsel at The Post, said the newspaper would comply by providing Libby with a complete copy of a memorandum by Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward from his interview with Libby on June 27, 2003.

Woodward has said Libby spoke in the interview about the same intelligence report he discussed with other journalists. 'This action does not pose legal or journalistic concerns to The Post or Mr. Woodward,' Lieberman said.

Emphasis mine. Well, well, now this is interesting. If my guess is right, Woodward will have NOT noted anything regarding Valerie Plame and her job at the CIA in this memo. So Fitzgerald is going to have to explain why, if Libby was out to get back at Joe by outing Val, Libby missed this ripe opportunity to plant the story with a well reknowned and broadly read newsman like Woodward? If Libby was out to get at Joe, why not include Bob Woodward and the Washington Post?

Also interestingly, the Post had this memo and apparently did not report on it. At least to my recollection. Woodward knew by the time of his meeting with Libby about Plame from his other source (most likely Armitage). All speculation of course! Wouldn't it be nice to see that leaked soon?" 

Of course, once again we have evidence that the Special Prosecutor is not interested in exculpatory evidence from reporters. Otherwise he surely would have subpoenaed Woodward's notes himself.

Clarice Feldman    4 13 06

AJ Strata reports some interesting news from the Washington Post:

"In a related development, The Post yesterday was subpoenaed by Libby's defense team to produce records related to the case that the newspaper had not turned over to Fitzgerald. Eric Lieberman, a counsel at The Post, said the newspaper would comply by providing Libby with a complete copy of a memorandum by Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward from his interview with Libby on June 27, 2003.

Woodward has said Libby spoke in the interview about the same intelligence report he discussed with other journalists. 'This action does not pose legal or journalistic concerns to The Post or Mr. Woodward,' Lieberman said.

Emphasis mine. Well, well, now this is interesting. If my guess is right, Woodward will have NOT noted anything regarding Valerie Plame and her job at the CIA in this memo. So Fitzgerald is going to have to explain why, if Libby was out to get back at Joe by outing Val, Libby missed this ripe opportunity to plant the story with a well reknowned and broadly read newsman like Woodward? If Libby was out to get at Joe, why not include Bob Woodward and the Washington Post?

Also interestingly, the Post had this memo and apparently did not report on it. At least to my recollection. Woodward knew by the time of his meeting with Libby about Plame from his other source (most likely Armitage). All speculation of course! Wouldn't it be nice to see that leaked soon?" 

Of course, once again we have evidence that the Special Prosecutor is not interested in exculpatory evidence from reporters. Otherwise he surely would have subpoenaed Woodward's notes himself.

Clarice Feldman    4 13 06