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This is just a diaryette, because I didn't see this published today at DailyKos, but maybe it was. Many of you remember Jason Leopold, reporter at, who went out on a limb to assert that Karl Rove would be indicted in the CIA leak Case, back when this was being investigated by Patrick Fitzgerald. Turns out this did not happen, Rove was not indicted, and many criticized Leopold for sloppy and non-credible reporting. On the flip see the 2-part interview Jason Leopold just completed with Valerie Plame and published to YouTube today.

Five months ago I posted the video interview Leopold did with Joe Wilson, which was, sadly, very underviewed. (It was Leopold's first visible effort to seek to rehabilitate his reputation, or so it seemed to me.) It was an excellent interview. He published one other interview 4 months ago, and now today his third interview subject is Valerie Plame. If nothing more, what this communicates is Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame both trust him. There's got to be an underlying reason for this.

FWIW, when I first saw the Wilson interview, I commented on Jason's video channel at YouTube that he had the opportunity to set the record straight in that interview about the Rove indictment issue, but he didn't. he came close to the subject matter, but neglected it. I wrote in comments that I thought he'd serve himself well to address the issue up front. he later communicated by email that he intended to.

Here now is Part 2 of his interview with Valerie Plame, published today on YouTube: (embed did not work)

And here are some excerpts from Leopold's "liner notes" about this interview:

Valerie Plame Still Wants to Know ... By Jason Leopold t r u t h o u t | Report Tuesday 13 November 2007

Former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson would still like to know the identity of the CIA official who passed her name to the office of Vice President Dick Cheney in the spring of 2003, and 'under what circumstances.' That's just one of several unanswered questions Plame Wilson has been trying to figure out in the years since several senior officials in the Bush administration leaked her name to syndicated columnist Robert Novak and a handful of other journalists. That leak ended her two-decade CIA career. 'I'd like to know, why did Novak go with my maiden name, Plame, in his original article?' Plame Wilson said during an hour-long, two-part interview with Truthout. 'I always thought that was strange. When I married, I took my married name. And then he [Novak] used Valerie Plame [in his column]. It was only the CIA who knew that I worked for them, and my maiden name.'

...Perhaps the most important question yet to be answered for Plame Wilson is whether President Bush had prior knowledge about the leak of her identity. "I'd love to know, what did President Bush know about all of this?" Plame Wilson said.

Originally posted to rhfactor on Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 10:18 PM PST.

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  •  I think this is worthwhile viewing. (7+ / 0-)

    Please visit the link above to view Part 2. Something in the code prevented it from posting here as an embed.

    Thank you

    -----> My latest vlog entry: on getting a webcam

    by rhfactor on Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 10:18:10 PM PST

  •  Did they discuss Karl Rove's indictment? (8+ / 0-)

    *sits back and waits for angry e-mail from Leopold*

  •  I think Leopold deserves (7+ / 0-)

    a break on the Rove thing.  He had good sources who he trusted that were ultimately wrong.  It happens.

    The most striking thing in the interview I found was Mrs. Wilson describing how she was denied security after there had been threats against her and Joe, but Tenet, Rove and others had 24 hour protection.

    Just another level of the betrayal.


    •  Agreed on Leopold (3+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't put it past Rove to have put that story out himself, just to trip up the lefties and destroy their/our credibility. It's what Rove does, and all his little stooges too.

    •  I agree re Valerie's security request "DENIED" by (0+ / 0-)

      the CIA.

      That was news to me, and just amazing. She said elsewhere in the interview that she & Joe have persisted in telling their facts to the public because throughout this process the driving force has been to PUNISH people who dissented with the Iraq narrative about why we needed to invade that country, and they, as Americans, find that abhorrent.

      One thing that shines through for me. They seem like an amazing couple: Two really bright, well-adjusted, "smart Americans" who each thoroughly enjoyed their jobs giving service to our country. That got taken away from them, and yet whenever you see Valerie Plame, she manages to show no bitterness or pissed-off demeanor. Now, as a human being, she must be livid inside, but she mentions about maintaining good mental health -- and however she does it, she processes through the injustices -- and manages to place eveything inot an even larger perspective -- that her loss and Joe's loss, and the targeting which brought mayhem to their lives, is nothing compared the to burden American service men and women face everyday in Iraq -- as well as their families back home.

      She seems to me like she must be an amazing Mom -- who can, despite multiple layers of complexity in life, keep her cool and maintain "first things first" -- safety for her kids, and their quality of life, and maintaining focus on the quality of life in their marriage.

      Joe Wilson has 95% of the time kept his cool, never showing rancor or disgusted emotion at what these criminals did to him and to his wife -- specifically punishing his wife, ruining her professional career, as a means to punish him for being an honest dissenter. He rarely ever speculatedin the countless interview he's given over the years, but rather maintained a neutrality that must be an artform to master.

      But there have been just a few times when his obvious deep disgust for these BushCo criminals leaked through on TV interviews. My point is, to be able to maintain a neutral demeanor throughout is a monumental task. But his diplomatic corp training surely was put into service every moment of this ordeal.

      But back to topic: It is Valerie who displays an even more magnanimous attitude, and who seems to, at least, be a remarkable person who processes super-fast and makes moment-to-moment choices of "how  do I maintain a highest quality of life, and the most positive behavioral decisions that maintain a healthy balance in my life". Imagine giving to someone who knows of neither Valerie Wilson or Ann Coulter just the AUDIO TAPES of interviews.

      One would come off as angry and bitter and elitist and smug -- the other would come off as decent, fair, respectful, friendly.

      I go back to their being what looks to be an outstanding pair of people -- who found each other in life -- and who role model for us all the highest qualities of leadership, duty, moral honesty, integrity, support for each other, yet a 100% independence as well -- not an ounce of co-dependency, not an ounce of sexism.

      In a fair world (but instead we get fair game), this couple would make Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" (perhaps for several years), and would be rated by Americans as two of the finest role models this country has ever seen/ produced.

      Thus making it all the more disgusting how THESE two lives got taken down by the GOP-MIC-MediaConglomerate Smear Machine.

      -----> My latest vlog entry: on getting a webcam

      by rhfactor on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 02:17:24 PM PST

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  •  well, with Leopold it's not just the Rove story (2+ / 0-)
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    that lost him credibility.

    It's also his bizarre behavior of emailing critics and using sockpuppetry to post favorable comments about himself on blogs.

    And how about that promise to out his sources if the information about Rove's indictment turned out to be false? I believe we're still waiting for that.

    The guy has some problems.

    Having said that, I'll listen to what Valerie Plame Wilson has to say anytime, so I will follow the link and watch.

    "Politics is the entertainment branch of big industry." Frank Zappa

    by whitewidow on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 05:02:01 AM PST

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