The Daily Kossacks are on the trail of something or other in the Plame investigation. I am excerpting from one of the diaries here (don't ask):
White House-credentialed fake news reporter "Jeff Gannon" from fake news agency "Talon News" was cited by the Washington Post as having the only access to an internal CIA memo that named Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA agent. Gannon, in a question posed to Wilson in an October 2003 interview, referred to the memo (to which no other news outlet had access, according to the Post). Gannon subsequently has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury looking into the Plame outing.
These facts have led the Kos community to research the following questions:
Hmm, does anyone use links over there? Drawing on my vast psychic gifts, I infer that we are being referred to this WaPo story from Dec 26, 2003; as a bonus, I will pitch in a link to an Oct 17, 2003 Wall Street Journal story by David Cloud describing the memo at length:
Memo May Aid Leak Probe
Document Details Intelligence Meeting On Iraq-Niger Reports
By DAVID S. CLOUD
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
WASHINGTON -- An internal government memo addresses some of the mysteries at the center of the White House leak investigation and could help investigators in the search for who disclosed the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative, according to two people familiar with the memo.
The memo, prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel, details a meeting in early 2002 where CIA officer Valerie Plame and other intelligence officials gathered to brainstorm about how to verify reports that Iraq had sought uranium yellowcake from Niger...
Gee, the WSJ headlined it, and two months later the WaPo told us that no one but Talon News had access to it? That is what this Kos diary tells us, but of course, the WaPo story says nothing of the sort - the WaPo says that "the CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets", which certainly might include the WSJ.
Well, good luck and good hunting, Kossacks. Feel free to link to any documents you unearth, and we will be slightly more inclined to take you seriously.
And at some point we might need to negotiate a meaning of the word "facts". Or maybe not.
MORE: Hey, maybe I helped! From a more detailed post, I extract this:
Where We Need to Go
I'd like us all to start mulling over the CIA memo thing again. What was the timing on it exactly, in terms of when Novak published? Why would the administration leak it to its own planted reporter? Just to shake up Wilson in an interview in an obscure news service? This doesn't seem likely to me. I'm wondering if someone could put together a timeline on the CIA leak and see where this fits into it.
Hmm, a timeline...
I would leave a snarky comment, or a trackback, but the Kos technology has me stumped. However, if someone wants to nudge diarist SusanG, she might thank you.
LAST GASP: From p. 40 of the SSCI report on Iraq:
(U) On February 19, 2002, CPD hosted a meeting with the former ambassador, intelligence analysts from both the CIA and INR, and several individuals from the DO's Africa and CPD divisions. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger. An INR analyst's notes indicate that the meeting was "apparently convened by [the former ambassador's] wife who had the idea to dispatch [him] to use his contacts to sort out the Iraq-Niger uranium issue." The former ambassador's wife told Committee staff that she only attended the meeting to introduce her husband and left after about three minutes.
(U) The INR analyst's meeting notes and electronic mail (e-mail) from other participants indicate that INR explained its skepticism that the alleged uranium contract could possibly be carried out due to the fact that it would be very difficult to hide such a large shipment of yellowcake and because "the French appear to have control of the uranium mining, milling and transport process, and would seem to have little interest in selling uranium to the Iraqis."....
I will boldly guess that the INR analyst's meeting notes referred to by the Senate Subcommittee are closely related to the memo described by the WSJ and the WaPo.
GETTING WARMER: Over at the Daily Kos, "Spiderleaf" puts together a timeline and discovers the David Cloud story. One might think the penny is poised to drop...
But who knows? It is probably only in Kosworld that we could find something like this:
After the Oct 28th interview the mud-slinging against Wilson started and the attention started to shift from Novak to Wilson's credibility.
After Oct 28? If the goal is to inflate the significance of the investigation into "Jeff Gannon", pretending that his story in late October turned the tide against Wilson might be important. However, a lot of earlier stuff has to be ignored (and is!)
JUST TO BE CLEAR: The "Who Is Jeff Gannon" question is a fascinating question, but it is quite arguably separate from the Plame investigation. However, as of Feb 1, I am looking at Post VIII, which still mis-states the Post story and still clings to the notion that Gannon alone had access to this memo.
And down among the Clarifications/Observations, I see point 2:
2. I really think we need to continue to chew on reasons why the CIA memo was leaked to Gannon in the first place. Speculation/discussion welcome.
None of this enhances my confidence in the research skills of the folks guiding this project, and it is unlikely to inspire confidence in their final product.