Tom Maguire at Just One Minute has been pulling out the details from the Libby trial and the Plame kerfuffle for quite some time. As much as they have covered it, if you get your news from the TV or the paper, you may not have heard much about some of these nuggets. Example from yesterday
Ted Wells drops the news that David Gregory of NBC received a leak about Plame from Ari Fleischer on July 11:
Now shows Ari dislcoses [sic] to David Gregory on July 11 that Ambassador Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. Fleischer tells that before Libby was ever indicted. “I told David Gregory.” Talks about time difference, says Ari leaked to Gregory first.
Now let’s flash back to October 29, 2005, just after the Libby indictment. Russert has gathered the Washington Bureau to discuss the case on CNBC’s “Tim Russert Show”. At the time, I excerpted the transcript and suggested they were rehearsing their cover story. So let’s cut to David Gregory:
GREGORY: And it is interesting–it’s also interesting, I should just point out, that nobody called me at any point, which is unfortunately…
WILLIAMS: Apparently not.
GREGORY: …not the point.
RUSSERT: Does anybody ever?
GREGORY: But I just wanted to note that.
RUSSERT: I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that.
Basically, given this and other discrepancies, it looks like the journalists haven’t been completely upfront with what they knew and when they knew it. And Libby is the fall guy. Joe Wilson wanted to see Karl Rove frog-marched for what Joe thought was Karl’s role in the leak (a leak that, still, no one has been indicted for), but perhaps we should be marching some reporters.
(Keep up with Just One Minute. Tons of good information on the Libby trial and the misinformation coming out of it.)
Meanwhile, there’s been little to no coverage on the Sandy Berger story. If you have to ask, “Sandy who?”, you’re forgiven. Libby is being tried for an alleged lie to investigators in a case of the “leaking” of the name of a CIA employee who worked at CIA headquarters every day. Berger didn’t do much, really, which explains the lack of interest by the media. All he really did is steal classified documents from the National Archives, hide them in his pants, destroy them, and keep potentially damaging information about President Clinton from reaching the 9/11 Commission. No big deal, right? Especially for those reporters for whom this really goes against the narrative.
Now Sandy reached a plea deal that kept him out of prison, but there’s still the matter of knowing what he took. Part of that plea deal included a lie detector test to find out what he took, as a number of those documents were originals that had no copies. The Justice Department is dragging its feet, but some Representatives are trying to get this moving again.
Eighteen House Republicans have urged the Justice Department to proceed with a polygraph test for Samuel R. Berger, the former national security adviser who agreed to take the test as part of a plea of guilty of stealing documents from the National Archives.
“This may be the only way for anyone to know whether Mr. Berger denied the 9/11 commission and the public the complete account of the Clinton administration’s actions or inactions during the lead-up to the terrorist attacks on the United States,” the congressmen said in their letter to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
The congressmen — led by Rep. Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia — said a prompt lie-detector test is needed to determine the extent of Mr. Berger’s thievery, especially because the former Clinton administration adviser reviewed original documents for which there were no copies or inventory.
Mr. Davis, former chairman and now ranking Republican on the House Government Reform Committee, released a report by his staff on Jan. 9, saying a Justice Department investigation of Mr. Berger’s admitted document theft was “remarkably incurious.”
The report said the theft compromised national security “much more than originally disclosed” and resulted in “incomplete and misleading” information to the September 11 commission. It said Mr. Berger was willing to go to “extraordinary lengths to compromise national security, apparently for his own convenience.”
In October, Mr. Davis led an effort to hold hearings to determine whether any documents were “destroyed, removed or were missing” after visits by Mr. Berger to the Archives. He said the full extent of Mr. Berger’s document removal “can never be known” and the Justice Department could not assure the September 11 commission that it received all the documents to which Mr. Berger had access.
In an attempt to get some more attention to the Berger situation, Bill Bennett asked listeners to his radio show, “Morning in America”, to come up with songs about it. (You can hear some excerpts of the entries and the well-done winner here.) This just hasn’t garnered a lot of press, but with all the talk about implementing
all most of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, wouldn’t everyone want to make sure that the commission had all the facts? And therefore wouldn’t getting full disclosure be a top priority of those wanting to implement them? Then why is it that only Republicans are pushing to get the whole story?
And why isn’t more being reported on this? (OK, that question’s rhetorical.)
Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.