Bob Woodward was leaked the identity of Valerie Plame "more than two years ago" yet kept this information to himself. How sad is that? A man who had been one of the exemplars of the value of investigative journalism now appears to have fallen down to the level of being a shill for those in power - its almost operatic. That's the exact opposite reason to keep a source secret than when Woodward was protecting "Deep Throat." How could Woodward allow himself to fall into a position so similar to that of Judy Miller ... I would hate to think that what I said about Miller goes ditto for Woodward.
I would be more inclined to give Woodward the benefit of the doubt if he had simply remained silent about the case, but Woodward has been vocally critical of the investigation. Something just seems wrong to me about Woodward having insider information, withholding it from the public, requesting Walter Pincus keep silent about his involvement* so as to avoid being subpoened by Fitzgerald while at the same time taking the liberty to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Blogger's Note- After writing this I noticed that Rory O'Connor had drawn the same comparison (although in a much more detailed and thought out fashion), and beat me by a day.
*I had mistakenly written that Woodward made this request to his editor. In actuality, Woodward withheld this information from his editor, as well.
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