Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Gettin' WHIGgy Wit It

Journalist Laura Rozen over at her blog War and Piece copies some of the WSJ article from tomorrow's edition (12 October) about the PlameGate affair. Here are a couple of pieces of that:

...There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame. [...]

Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims...

Rozen then goes on to remind us of a WaPo article from 2003 about the formation of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG); give it a read, as this could be some very essential background info for the coming days.


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