Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Any Big Fish in that Net, Fitzgerald?

The independent prosecutor may be investigating how the CIA got blamed for those 16 (false) words in Bush's state of the union speech when he claimed that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium in Africa. This could become really, really interesting (my fingers are crossed). I found this gem in Washington Post:

"The special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe has interviewed a wider range of administration officials than was previously known, part of an effort to determine whether anyone broke laws during a White House effort two years ago to discredit allegations that President Bush used faulty intelligence to justify the Iraq war, according to several officials familiar with the case.

Prosecutors have questioned former CIA director George J. Tenet and deputy director John E. McLaughlin, former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, State Department officials, and even a stranger who approached columnist Robert D. Novak on the street.

In doing so, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has asked not only about how CIA operative Valerie Plame's name was leaked but also how the administration went about shifting responsibility from the White House to the CIA for having included 16 words in the 2003 State of the Union address about Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium from Africa, an assertion that was later disputed.

Most of the questioning of CIA and State Department officials took place in 2004, the sources said.

It remains unclear whether Fitzgerald uncovered any wrongdoing in this or any other portion of his nearly 18-month investigation. All that is known at this point are the names of some people he has interviewed, what questions he has asked and whom he has focused on.
It appears that the Bushites have made some enemies in the CIA and they might be willing to expose the "fixing" of intelligence as well as avenge the wrong done to one of their covert operatives.