Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bob Woodward's Secrets

Bob Woodward knows how to keep a secret. He protected the identity of Deep Throat for 33 years. And he kept the secret that he was caught up in the CIA leak investigation until Monday:
Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.
Woodward's lips were so tightly sealed that he didn't tell his editor at the Washington Post until a month ago:
Woodward did not share the information with Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. until last month, and the only Post reporter whom Woodward said he remembers telling in the summer of 2003 does not recall the conversation taking place.
Bob Woodward was not so shy in airing his opinions of the Fitzgerald investigation:
Woodward, who is preparing a third book on the Bush administration, has called Fitzgerald "a junkyard-dog prosecutor" who turns over every rock looking for evidence. The night before Fitzgerald announced Libby's indictment, Woodward said he did not see evidence of criminal intent or of a major crime behind the leak.
"When the story comes out, I'm quite confident we're going to find out that it started kind of as gossip, as chatter," he told CNN's Larry King.Woodward also said in interviews this summer and fall that the damage done by Plame's name being revealed in the media was "quite minimal."
"When I think all of the facts come out in this case, it's going to be laughable because the consequences are not that great," he told National Public Radio this summer.
The consequences for Woodward's reputation may be greater than he imagined.
(AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

2 Comments:

Blogger PSoTD said...

What's the Post waiting for? Fire him.

2:57 PM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger jason said...

Being an insider is heady stuff.

I wonder what the 29 year old Woodward would have to say to the 62 year old version?

4:41 PM, November 16, 2005  

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