Sunday, October 16


Why was Pat Fitzgerald so interested in how Scooter Libby handled classified information? Why did he ask Judy Miller if she was cleared to discuss classified information with him? Methinks Fitzgerald just may, after all, be preparing to indict Libby for outing Plame under the Espionage Act or the Intelligence Identities Act. The Espionage Act, though thrice amended since then, continues to criminalize leaks of classified information, regardless of the reason for the leak.

Mr. Fitzgerald also focused on the letter's closing lines. "Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning," Mr. Libby wrote. "They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them."

I interpret it, and my guess is Fitzgerald does also, as Libby saying in a sort of code that all the other reporters have said we didn't discuss Plame's name or identity, so you shouldn't either. After all, we're all in this together (turning in clusters), we're all connected; what hurts one of us is likely to hurt all of us. We've gotta stick together or we're all going down.

Oh yeah, Scooter's in trouble. Big-time.


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