I had to step out for a while after the indictments were handed down, so I am going to read the transcript of the press conference, the indictment (again), and the nine page statement in a litle bit, and then I will get around to deciding what I think of the whole affair. I tried to read the comments in the last thread, but it got unreadable with all the denial on one side and overstated triumphalism from the other side. One quick thing- the indictment proves one thing and one thing only- that Libby has been indicted. So both sides, please knock it off.
Today’s events don’t prove that Valerie Plame was a NOC and was outed and national security was irreparably harmed. Today’s events don’t prove that Plame wasn’t a NOC and that nothing bad happened. It doesn’t prove that every Kossack conspiracy theory and wet dream about the administration is true. It proves that Fitzgerald presented enough evidence to the Grand Jury to get them to indict Libby on the five charges that have been presented to us.
For now, Tom Maguire has some questions that remain unanswered:
Some obvious puzzles remain:
Who was Novak’s source?
Was national security harmed by the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity?
Will there be other charges against other officials?
Jeralynn also has some questions:
Among the unanswered questions:
Has anyone agreed to plead guilty in the investigation
Who was Novak’s source
Who was Pincus’s source
Is Fitz contemplating a charge that officials violated Valerie Plame’s civil rights under 1983?
Meanwhile, for the most comprehensive round-up of center right responses, check out Jeff Goldstein, who liveblogged events as they unfolded and has a link rich round-up.
I am off to cook dinner, read what we have right now, and watch the new Batman that just came out on DVD.
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