There is lots of new Libby material, so let's cut off a chewable bite. Here is Newsweek on the Cheney-annotated Wilson op-ed.
My two cents - if Newsweek wants to have fun by pretending this points at Cheney, let them - anything to sell papers. But if anyone else wants to make that case, comments and trackbacks are open.
As to Libby, how is this not a major problem? We all knew Cheney was interested, we all knew Cheney had mentioned Ms. Plame to Libby in June, but we did not know that Cheney had this documented interest in "the wife" on July 6.
How can Libby square that with his testimony that he had forgotten his June chat about Plame, and that when he heard about her from Tim Russert on July 10, it was if for the very first time?
And since Cheney's note is "Did his wife send him on a junket?", doesn't that make it highly likely that the conversation noted in the indictment at point 18 actually occurred:
18. Also on or about July 8, 2003, LIBBY met with the Counsel to the Vice President in an anteroom outside the Vice President's Office. During their brief conversation, LIBBY asked the Counsel to the Vice President, in sum and substance, what paperwork there would be at the CIA if an employee's spouse undertook an overseas trip.
That sounds to me like the Chief of Staff, Libby, is following up on his boss's query about a junket. Is it Libby's story that Cheney asked these questions of someone else, and ran it all without Libby's involvement? Why would Cheney cut his Chief of Staff out of this?
I'm not saying I have become skeptical of Libby's story - I have never liked it. But this latest seems like a real puzzle for his defenders (hmm, that includes me...)
UPDATE: Well, paraphrasing Cecil Turner - Fitzgerald had this exhibit, Cheney's statement, and Libby's notebooks - did Cheney say he showed these notes to Libby and discussed them with him, or not? And if Cheney did so, why not put that in the indictment?
ONE WEEK LATER: The defense responds - Libby's testimony was that he never saw this. Of course, not seeing it is different from not discussing it with Cheney, but still.