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?
Additionally, Novakula is peevish. And he's taking his pique out on the Preznit:
"I'm confident the president knows who the source is," Novak told a luncheon audience at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh on Tuesday. "I'd be amazed if he doesn't."Hmmmm....no cocktail weenies for Novakula this year if he keeps that up. Or maybe he wasn't invited to the WH Holiday Soiree this year. It stinks when you get a rotting pumpkin instead of a coach and glass wingtips for the ball, doesn't it, Bob? Guess without his CNN gig and his sagging public appeal in some circles *cough*, Novakula just isn't as useful as a Rethug mouthpiece these days. All together now...awwwwwww.
"So I say, 'Don't bug me. Don't bug Bob Woodward. Bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is.' "
Of course, in Novakula's mind, it's all the WH's fault. Not because they blew the cover of a CIA NOC mind you, but because they suck at message control.
But he also blamed "extremely bad management of the issue by the White House. Once you give an issue to a special prosecutor, you lose control of it."Um, yeah. Nice remorse. I'm sure the Wilson's really appreciate the thought.
Meanwhile, at the National Review Online, Byron York just dragged Scooter Libby out of the closet kicking and screaming. (No, not that closet...)
Rove's supporters believe it would be a weak case, a good deal weaker than the perjury and obstruction case Fitzgerald has made against Libby, which itself was somewhat undermined when it turned out that there was at least one significant part of that story — Libby's conversations with the Washington Post's Bob Woodward — that Fitzgerald didn't know about at the time he indicted Libby.Is York saying that Libby was Woodward's source? How does he know this -- since he's not including that information in his tidy little snow-job piece for wingnuttia? Well, I have no idea, but I do have an e-mail out to Byron and will let you know if and when he responds.
It's a day that could make even a vampire slayer a little dizzy. (Or two dedicated Plameologists.) Sure hope Fitz keeps his own version of Mr. Pointy handy -- with Novakula on the prowl, maybe the Preznit should get a stake of his own.
(Hat tip to reader "CR" for the link to the Raleigh article.)
UPDATE: Point of curiousity? Did Novakula know all along that his source was also one of Woodward's -- and did he tell this information to Fitz, FBI investigators and/or the G/J? Or has Bob been in touch with his source recently -- or with Woodward? And if it was Woodward, if he felt free to tell Bob Novak who his source was, why not tell the rest of us? And who is going to be the nervy reporter to pounce on Scotty McClellan on this one today and ask when Bushie is going to come clean on what he knows -- being a public servant and all, doesn't the public have a right to know? I'm just saying.
UPDATE #2: Big thanks to PollyUSA for the link to this WaPo article from 11/16/05, wherein Booby Woodward tells us that he spoke with Andy Card and Libby, but not as he recalls about Valerie Wilson. Still waiting to hear back from Byron York as to whether or not he meant Libby as THE source, or just someone who spoke to Booby. Will update here when I know one way or the other. And thanks to Jane for her superb memory on this detail as well.