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Thursday, July 28, 2005

"Conspiracy" Theory Hits The Big-Time

Long-time (haha) CCM readers will remember our conspiracy post from July 11. There, I suggested it was possible that
  1. Judy Miller got the goods on Valerie Plame/Wilson from one of her "intelligence" sources after reading Joe Wilson's July 6, 2003 NYT op-ed [with the benefit of information on the State Dept memos that's hit the streets since July 11, I would actually think that Kristof's May column was by far the more likely touch-off event].
  2. She called someone at the WH -- most likely Scooter Libby -- to discuss.
  3. Scooter told Rove, and the two of them went on a leak-laced binge around DC.
  4. Miller's evidently courageous refusal to talk to Fitzgerald is a convenient way to avoid having to invoke her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. [Incidentally, I don't -- and didn't -- mean to diminish the importance of reporters' privilege, which is conceptually an entirely separate issue on which I've posted previously.]
Now Arianna Huffington has joined the fun, suggesting that every element of that (part of the) theory is now getting serious thought among those in one camp inside the NYT. Josh Marshall has posted on Huffington as well (and I believe he's also suggested that Miller's stand may be partly personal as well).

I've commented on other potentially related issues as well; see this post on Miller, this post on Bolton, my comment on Bolton here, and certainly this one on Foggy Throat.

This whole story really is going to be here for a long time (and I don't just mean CCM!).


Anonymous bu$h ate my baby said...

When is CCM going to address the recent house CAFTA vote? BAMBY is looking forward to his favorite economist's analysis of this historic vote.

7/28/2005 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

well, intl trade ain't my comparative advantage [nerdy laughter erupts from the economist gallery].

try http://delong.typepad.com/ or http://angrybear.blogspot.com/ or http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/

i don't see anything there yet, but i imagine they'll post at some point.


ps actually i do have one comment: why have a rule that votes last 15 mins if you ignore it whenever you don't get your way? :-)

7/28/2005 3:06 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

btw, peter, "you" meant "one", as in generic, in that last comment.....lest you criticize me for assuming all republicans, yourself included, support the however-many-mins-we-need rule.....:-)

7/28/2005 3:07 PM  

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