Perhaps the most curious absent witness, though, is Eric Edelman. Edelman, of course, was the guy who asked Libby if they could leak stuff to counter Wilson, at which Libby told Edelman to get to the closest secure line if he wanted to talk about it. Edelman is one of the biggest pieces of evidence that Libby knew Plame was covert and he shouldn't leak her name. Edelman is also the guy who did the early oppo work on Joe, before he went to Turkey to
sell them cut-rate F-16s in exchange for political favorsserve as Ambassador.
Now Edelman's non-appearance may be something as mundane as a credible dispute about what he wanted to leak. Maybe he just wanted to leak the report from Wilson's trip. (Though, that's unlikely since it now appears that everyone thought Wilson's report was fair game after he served as a source for Kristof and Pincus.) I still think that's somewhat damning, since it still constitutes leaking information Tenet didn't want leaked. But who knows, maybe it wasn't worth the effort.
But I think it's something more subtle. One of the more curious exchanges came when Wells was trying to suggest that it was Cathie Martin's incompetence (trust me, she comes off as highly competent on the stand) that forced Libby to put his neck in the meat grinder.
W June 6 Edelman left for Ambassador job?
M Don't know about date.
W He used to work with you?
M More hands on with Jennifer.
W Mr Edelman the senior non press person left so he was gone.
W Mr Libby's job was to focus on National Security Issues? He would spend time on issues like homeland security and terrorism and war on Iraq. It was not part of Libby's job to deal directly with press.
M fair comment.
M Edelman pointed out the Kristof article. He had pointed out to Jennifer. Eric, I assumed, was going to be the one who figured out something we could say, because he was a columnist, and attacked the administration fairly regularly, we were just waiting to see what Eric had to say and we didn't feel any urgency to get to Kristof.
W Kristof article. [reading from article]
This felt to me like an attempt to pre-empt something. And there was also an attempt to get some early documentation from Edelman's response to Wilson introduced into evidence (I've got to see if it happened or not, I forget). I don't get this.
Anyway, I don't know what to make of it (and I believe it was viget emailed trying to figure out the same thing), but it seems like Edelman was much more central to this smear than has been previously discussed. Which would make you think he'd show up on the stand, wouldn't it?
(yay, viget is famous.)
hmmm - edelman and plame... i wonder what sibel would say.