Bob Novak breaks silence on Plame case

Says he learned Valerie's name from Joe Wilson's entry in 'Who's Who in America'

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak said today he has been told the CIA leak investigation, as it relates to him, is over and he can reveal his role -- including testifying before a grand jury.

In his syndicated column to be released Wednesday, Novak said special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has long known Novak's three sources for his July 14, 2003, column that outed Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. The column came after Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence on Iraq.

Novak still does not name his "primary source" for the column, but does confirm that presidential aide Karl Rove and CIA public information officer Bill Harlow were also sources for the column.

Novak's column begins by noting "Fitzgerald has informed my attorneys that, after two and one-half years, his investigation of the CIA leak case concerning matters directly relating to me has been concluded. That frees me to reveal my role in the federal inquiry that, at the request of Fitzgerald, I have kept secret."

Fitzgerald spokesman Randall Samborn declined to comment on Novak's column. Fitzgerald has been investigating whether any laws were broken when Plame's identity was revealed.

Novak said he revealed Rove as a source because Rove's lawyer has previously disclosed details of their conversation. However, Novak's recollection of that conversation differs.

Novak revealed Harlow's name because Harlow also has previously discussed their conversation publicly. Novak also writes that he remembers their conversation differently.

He's mum on the third source because that person has not come forward publicly.

Fitzgerald's knowledge of the three sources' identities was not learned from Novak, the columnist writes, adding the special prosecutor from Chicago had in his possession signed waivers from all three before he questioned Novak.

Novak said he was questioned twice by Fitzgerald at the offices of Novak's lawyers. Novak also writes he was subpoenaed and testified before a federal grand jury, but he disputed claims that he cut a deal with prosecutors, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights or was ever a target of the probe.

Novak said he first interviewed his primary source before seeking out Rove and Harlow for confirmation. Novak said he learned Plame's name from her husband's entry in Who's Who in America.

Rove testified before a grand jury five times. He was told last month that he will not be indicted in the case.

1 comment:

MnMnM said...

Please keep my identity a secret. Double super Secret. I could call in and have my voice disguised or and my face blocked our. Please call me or send me an email if you plan to use this. Thanks. I am a Rove-ing reporter leaking a fictional copy of the Grand Jury testimony of Robert Novak. For the complete text visit:
Novak: Well Fitzgerald, You know Carl Rove, the White House Chief of Staff (of the United States) [COSTUS], the media gave me a job as Journalist for as long as I want.
Fitzgerald: Look Novak, if you're a journalist, you must know all the players.
Novak: I certainly do.
Fitzgerald: Well you know I've never met the guys. You are under oath so you'll have to tell me their names, and then I'll know who's involved in the leaking of a CIA officer�s name.
Novak: Oh, I'll tell you their names, but you know it seems to me they give the players now-a-days very peculiar names.
Fitzgerald: You mean funny names?
Novak: Strange names, pet Deep Throat...
Fitzgerald: His brother Daffy.
Novak: Daffy Throat...
Fitzgerald: And their French cousin.
Novak: French?
Fitzgerald: Goof�.
Novak: Goof� Throat. Well, let's see, we have on the list, Who leaked the name of a CIA officer first, What leaked it second, I Don't Know leaked it third...
Fitzgerald: That's what I want to find out.
Novak: I say Who leaked first, What leaked second, I Don't Know leaked third.
Fitzgerald: Are you a government employee?
Novak: Yes.
Fitzgerald: You gonna be a political consultant too?
Novak: Yes.
Fitzgerald: And you don't know the fellows' names?
Novak: Well I should.
Fitzgerald: Well then who leaked first?
Novak: Yes.
Fitzgerald: I mean the fellow's name.
Novak: Who.
Fitzgerald: The guy who leaked first.
Novak: Who.
Fitzgerald: The first leaker.
Novak: Who.
Fitzgerald: Same as you! Same as YOU! I direct the questions to who. Whoever it is drops the ball and the guy runs to second. Who picks up the questions and throw them to What. What points his finger at I Don't Know. I Don't Know blames it on Tomorrow, Triple play. Another guy gets up and pleads the fifth for Because. Why? I don't know! He's on third and I don't give a darn!
Novak: What?
Fitzgerald: I said I don't give a darn!
Novak: Oh, that's our intern.
Who's on First by Novak and Fitzgerald
And at the first game, Judith Miller will throw in the first pitch. Ambassador and Mrs. Wilson will sing the National Anthem. Matt Cooper will be selling beer in the bleachers. Novak will be scalping tickets outside the main gate and Rove will get 20% of the door.
Please keep up the good work. We need you now more than ever.

Middle-aged, Middle-of-the-road, Mid-Westerner

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