A little bit of Libby coverage - here are Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost of the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An FBI agent acknowledged Monday that some of her testimony could not be backed up by notes, an admission that attorneys for former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby seized on in an effort to undercut perjury and obstruction charges.
Agent Deborah Bond testified last week that, in his FBI interview Libby adamantly denied discussing a CIA operative's identity with White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. Under cross-examination Monday, however, Bond conceded that FBI notes contain no record of such a denial. Rather, they say he may have discussed it but couldn't recall.
"Adamantly might not be the perfect word," Bond said.
"Swopa" has taken over for Marcy Wheeler in providing the FDL "Not a transcript" transcript. Here is Bond 6 and 7, and our favorite non-verbatim quote from Agent Bond - "I'm not denying it, I just don't recall it."
And here is Swopa 1 on the Libby Grand Jury Tapes. But when will the sampling and mix taopes appear on YouTube? If I were an excitable conspiracist I would seize on this, as Fitzgerald ("F") and Libby ("L") discuss what might have been disclosed to Walter Pincus prior to his June 12, 2003 article:
F: VP thought it was intereresting enough to tell you [about Wilson's wife being at the CIA], and you were interested enough to write it down… did you think it might elucidate Pincus?
L: wasn't a talking point Cheney gave me, and those seemed sufficient
F: Did you feel prohibited from mentioning it to Pincus?
Ahh! In June, Libby did not mention the wife because it was not in the talking points Cheney gave him. Yet in July, Libby did discuss the wife with Cooper and Miller, even though she was not mentioned in the talking points prepared by Cathie Martin or in the statement dictated by Cheney.
Did Libby think his boss' talking points were no longer sufficient? Or did Cheney give a double-secret authorization to mention Ms. Plame? Go long tinfoil!
And Jeralyn Merritt goes through prosecution and defense briefs on Libby's possible motive to lie to the investigators (a surprisingly subtle question, actually, to which I hope to return.)
WHY I'M YAWNING: TRex, posting at firedoglake, unwittingly delivers a "how dreams die" pre-epitaph to the Plame investigation:
Why It Matters (Plame edition)
In the Antarctic, when scientists want to study the air, water, and weather of ancient times, they drill down into the ice and take a core sample, which provides them with a perfect cross-section of each epoch. The Libby case is like an ice core sample of the Bush Administration's incestuous, manipulative, and deeply disingenuous relationship to the media and how they played the press like a concert violin in the run up to the catastrophic set of errors that is the War in Iraq.
We may or may not ever see Karl Rove in leg-irons and an orange jumpsuit, although that would be a delightful cherry on the cake, but what we are learning through testimony about the catty, back-stabbing world inhabited by our major media pundits is not only highly entertaining, but it should serve as a valuable lesson to reporters, writers, and editors who may ever be tempted to let their desire for access cloud their judgement in the future.
We needed a Special Counsel to conduct a two year investigation in order to demonstrate that Administration officials leak to favored reporters and that reporter's notes can look like spaghetti?
I'm an educated man and I could have spoken intelligently to the habits of White House officials and the press which covers them long before this Administration even took office. Now, are these really the questions Special Counsel Fitzgerald was called here to answer? Judy Miller's shopping bags and Matt Cooper's notes? Please tell me that he has something more. Please tell me that the prosecutor has not pinned his hopes to a phone log.
Ahh, well. A quick trip down memory lane should revive memories of the real spirit of Fitzmas - little cherubs smiling as Fitzgerald indicted twenty-two members of BushCo, Rove in chains, Cheney in chains - those were happier, headier days.
Now, Fitzgerald has successfully demonstrated that government officials leak to and attempt to manipulate the press. Who knew?