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February 25, 2006



I typed in the various sentences that named Novak and Woodward's source(s) into Microsoft Word with the default page width and font (Times New Roman) with the font set to 11 point. The tab was set to 0.45" to match what seemed to be the tab setting in the document. I substituted the names Armitage, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Powell, and Scowcroft, sometimes preceded by "Mr." I then compared the alignment of various letters in adjacent sentences to the actual document.

Only Armitage, Rumsfeld, and Scowcroft were close, with Armitage being the best match. Both Rumsfeld asn Scowcroft were too long, with Rumsfeld being a better match than Scowcroft. I conclude it's very likely Armitage.


Let me add that the difference between the length of "Armitage" and "Rumsfeld" is so small that no definite conclusion is possible (at least by me). And, of course, it could be someone I didn't try.


This MSNBC article has good details:

WASHINGTON - A snippet of a conversation between Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and an unnamed source in mid-June 2003 appears to be a major focus of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby's defense in the CIA leak case.

According to a newly released transcript of last week's motions hearing in U.S. District Court, William Jeffress, one of Libby's attorneys, is focusing on three words — “Everyone knows it.”

...Woodward revealed in November that a senior administration official — in addition to Libby — told him about Plame and her position at the CIA nearly a month before her identity was disclosed by syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Novak in July 2003.

A transcript and affidavit filed Thursday indicate that Woodward taped his conversation with his unnamed source.

Jeffress was given a redacted transcript of the conversation Woodward had with his unnamed source, according to an affidavit filed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald on Thursday. The Libby team wants the full transcript of the conversation in order to argue that the phrase “Everyone knows it,” uttered by Woodward's source in that 2003 conversation, means that Plame's job at the CIA was common knowledge among Washington journalists.

“Who did he mean by ‘Everyone knows it'?” Jeffress asked the judge.

According to Jeffress, the only inkling of the source's identity in the redacted document “is some person not in the White House.”

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