Friday, January 20, 2006

dana priest and grossman

* here's dana priest in an online chat: " I kind of doubt this since it would mean holding the president accountable in some way and I don't see them going that far. Yes, I know others do so save the emails on impeachment.)"
lol - all the journos are afraid of being swamped by impeachment emails.

* dana priest again: "Iraq truly is ground-zero on the Global War on Terrorism"
is she for real? does she actually believe that? sheesh

* incidentally, priest was on the receiving end of the "1*2*6 " story about plamegate which set the tone of Traitorgate for years to come:
""Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge," the senior official said of the alleged leak."
Many suspect that the SAO was Grossman. Is he protesting too mucheth? It looks like he did a terrific job of throwing sand in everyone's eyes. This story came out the day after Tenet announced there would be an inquiry.

WaPo continues:
"It is rare for one Bush administration official to turn on another. Asked about the motive for describing the leaks, the senior official said the leaks were "wrong and a huge miscalculation, because they were irrelevant and did nothing to diminish Wilson's credibility.""
If it was Grossman, is there any evidence (apart from this) that he 'turned on' the Bush Administration? (actually i'm sure they all turn each other on in some weird way) or was this all for show? We didn't see him get SwiftBoated or hounded out of office (although he left and went to work for Cohen). There were no reports of him being woodshedded or anything - so if Grossman was the 'leaker', then he apparently didn't get thrown off the reservation, and he apparently hasn't done any other 'negative' leaking since. In fact, nobody appeared to get in trouble for this leak - despite it apparently being a 'bombshell' at the time (and there are only a handful of people who qualify as an SAO - Grossman sneaks into that category because he was Acting Sec of State at the time. i wonder if he specifically asked for the SAO attribution (the libby/miller attribution story)

My guess is that Grossman was asked to leak this to the press in order to codify an existing rumour that ms wilson was outed as punishment for joe wilson, and to throw people off the possibility that Plame was outed for reasons to do with Brewster Jennings - because that trail would lead directly to mr grossman himself.

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