The Robert Novak revelations in the Plame matter have been covered here at Wizbang quite comprehensively already (see here, here, here, here and here), but a few additional pieces of information Novak revealed in his Fox News interviews yesterday should be noted. In fact, if the story were not already cast in stone in so many media outlets, the Novak statements would be heralded as blockbuster revelations that shed new light on the entire story.
In interviews on Special Report with Brit Hume and Hannity & Colmes, Novak added some additional information to the column that was published on Tuesday. He disclosed the following:
- The discussions with his original source, who has not yet been named, and with Karl Rove, were initiated by Novak and were discussions pertaining generally to the Niger uranium story, not the specific issue of who sent Wilson on the mission.
- Novak says he did not believe the information regarding Plame from the original source was a conscious leak.
- The references to Plame came up in the middle of the discussions. Novak was the one that asked why Wilson would have been chosen for the mission.
- Not only was nobody pushing Novak the information about Valerie Plame, but Novak says that nobody in the administration ever said anything critical of Wilson to him.
- Novak’s discussion of Valerie Plame with Rove lasted about 20 seconds and consisted of Novak saying he heard Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and played a role in Wilson getting the mission and Rove replying “Oh, you know that, too?”
These statements stand in stark contrast to the story woven by Joe Wilson and media of an administration desperate and hell bent to do anything and everything to discredit Wilson and to punish him and his wife for daring to speak against the President. That version of the story has been repeated as fact on all three networks and in numerous other outlets. I wonder if even one major media outlet will see fit to correct their earlier reports.
The AP is still Rove-obsessed, but at least in this piece there are extended quotes from the Novak interview so it is worth reading.