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October 01, 2005


I shouldn't post in the middle of the night.

One point I didn't make clear. Judy handed over notes yesterday, so we know notes were taken. But under work for hire guidelines, under ordinary circumstance, the NYT would own those notes. But they've been saying for a year they have nothing on the matter. Which means either NYT has been lying, or there's a reason they don't own those notes. Which I think unlikely if the meeting really WAS about WMDs.

Emptywheel -- if you haven't already, you MUST read the actual correspondence between ALibby, Miller, Abrams, and Tate. The NYT has it up on its website.

By far the most interest letter is the one from Libby to Miller. It closes with what to me sounds like it may be a THREAT:

"You went to jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover -- Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and Iranian nuclear programs. Out west, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect Come back to work -- and life."

Aspens turn because their leaves DIE! Is Libby saying -- "we are connected, us neocons. If I go down -- I'm taking you with me?

Anyway, read that letter, and all the correspondence. It's fascinating!

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/nat_MILLER_051001.pdf

Or Judy lied to the NYT. Or got mixed up, or forgot about the notes until she really had time to think about all this while in prison. (Oh, THOSE notes! How could I have forgotten!?)

Actually, I find the WMD story somewhat plausible only because of Scooter's major involvement in cooking the intel about WMD. Scooter fed her a lot of those scoops, I think. Scooter was at the end of the stovepipe that went to Cheney. And, of course, uranium in Niger was a material part of the WMD case, along with the aluminum tubes. In fact, those were the only physical evidence, as oposed to what the alleged defectors said. And Libby can't have known or cared about the status of Judy's notes, could he?

Maybe that wasn't the telegraphed part. Maybe that was that he only learned about Plame between the two conversations. It wasn't something he had picked up himself while visiting the CIA to pressure WMD analysts. Someone else told him between 7/8 and 7/12.

pontificator, as I noted elsewhere, I thought the message in Libby's letter was transformed into its real meaning by application of Judy's secret, one-letter-here, one-letter-there decoder template:

"Money transferred. Paid in full."

But maybe that omerta message you postulate is what's really being said.

Here's a fascinating link from a source that has been generated for the first time by my customized google news plamethrower:


"...Fitzgerald is said to have, very early on in the case, "flipped" John Hannah, Libby's deputy.

"One possible explanation for the sudden turn of events regarding Miller and Libby is that Fitzgerald may have also "flipped" Libby as a witness. A promise of limited immunity to Libby would have cleared the way for testimony from Miller on what she discussed with Cheney's chief of staff. That means the ultimate target of Fitzgerald could be Cheney."

There's quite a bit more.

Obsessed, that's a thing of beauty :)

Obsessed, that link is, indeed, fascinating. The idea that Cheney may resign and retire, pardoned, to the MD home now being prepared, and an heir apparent installed, has the ring of truth about it. When exactly did they buy that house? Wasn't it just a month ago, during the Katrina debacle? Strange time to be buying a house, with 3+ years supposedly left in Washington. Even if Fitzgerald is not threatening him, he may have gotten bad news from his doctor and just decided to retire.

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