I'm having a little trouble interpreting this
, but Bob Woodward testified before Fitzgerald in a two hour deposition on Monday. Fitzgerald became aware of the conversation between Woodward and an unnamed "official" on Nov. 3, ONE WEEK AFTER the Libby indictment. Obviously, somebody made a deal to work with Fitzgerald. Woodward says the official was not Libby, and Rove's lawyers denied it was him.
The "conversation" with took place on June 27, right in the middle of the eight conversations Libby had regarding Plame
.(source firedoglake) Woodward, conveniently can't remember if he mentioned Plame in that conversation. (convenient for Libby)
This statement by Woodward would mean that Libby was not the first to leak Plame's name to the press, and that Woodward was the first reporter to which the name was revealed. The Libby defense is already claiming that this means their boy is innocent. Not so fast, Mr. Lawyerman. Your boy, Libby, is still dead to rights on the perjury charges
As to the "official" that discussed Plame with Woodward, nothing but speculation at this point. Top candidates in the early running appear to be Fred Fleitz, a former "go to guy for Bolton," who had contacts with Judy Miller, Bolton himself, who has been one of my suspects in this thing, or David Wurmser, who according to the unreliable Rawstory started "cooperating"
with Fitzgerald sometime back.
I don't have an answer at this point, not even a working theory, really, but the bottom line is that the investigation is still ongoing, and Fitzgerald has the cooperation of at least one
lower down in the whitehouse. New information is coming out, and despite the efforts of Rove and Libby's lawyers to spin this as good news, it's not.UPDATE: Rawstory
(again, maybe credible?) is reporting that Hadley was Woodward's source. Interesting in that it would take the investigation back into the Whitehouse from the Veep's office, and also back into the WHIG, but I'm not too sure about this over all. But, if Hadley was the first leaker, then we're gonna have to find out where he got the information, and we're gonna have to get into all the WHIG details. (WHIG - WhiteHouse Iraq Group)
By the way, Hadley was the one who publicly apologized for the "16 words" in the State of the Union speech regarding Uranium from Niger.