Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I'm so confused....

Redhedd @ firedoglake works through this:

Bob Novakula emerged, from whatever secret vault they've been keeping him in since the CNN fight with Carville, to reveal a few tidbits to the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday. According to the Under the Dome column in the News and Observer, Novak said that his source and Woodward's source were one and the same.
Woodward, a Washington Post editor, recently disclosed that he, too, had been told by an administration figure about Plame's secret identity -- probably, he said, by the same source who told Novak.

This passage was a little mystical for me, so I confirmed with Rob Christenson that, indeed, that was what was intended, and was told that "Novak made the comment in his speech -- referring to earlier remarks by Woodward." Hmmm...isn't that interesting?

But if Woodward's source is Novak's source, something important doesn't make sense. Novakula sang to Fitz long, long ago. I assume he told Fitz who his source was. And I assume Novak's source waived confidentiality to allow him to do so. (The alternative is to assume that Novak merely squealed like a stuck pig without a word of protest ... nah, let's not go there.)

So if the mystery senior administration official already cleared Novak, or is at least fully aware that he has been outed to Fitzgerald, why would he insist that Woodward continue to keep his yap shut?

Is a puzzlement...


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