In this time of focus on anonymous sources, we’d love to know who Bloomberg has found to give them some great scoops this week. Dick Keil today has quite a story: “Two top White House aides have given accounts to a special prosecutor about how reporters first told them the identity of a CIA agent that are at odds with what the reporters have said, according to people familiar with the case.”
Turns out that Scooter Libby‘s version doesn’t line up with Tim Russert‘s, and–surprise, surprise–Bob Novak and Karl Rove don’t appear to tell the same story either. Eek.
The NYT meanwhile today goes back to the beginning, looking at the story behind the yellowcake Niger expedition and how exactly Libby and Rove worked behind-the-scenes to shore up support for the war after Joe Wilson‘s op-ed raised some questions as to the veracity of the reports.
One observation out of this: After two years of near-total secrecy surrounding this case, it seems like there’s a lot more leaks coming out of this case in the last two weeks. That can’t be good for the “subjects” or the “targets” of the investigation.
A programming note: With the President on the road, the White House won’t be briefing or gaggling today.