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Joe Wilson Was Jason Leopold’s Source

John on July 28, 2006 at 1:05 am

If you want to see some truly crazy Attack-of-the-Sock-Puppet action, head over to Seixon’s blog and read through the comments on this post. Someone, who it later appears is Larry Johnson, is going absolutely off the rails and posting abusive rants under about 20 fake names. These multiple posts appear to be coming from IPs in Seoul? Then a few minutes later from Thailand? (A site admin named Ben was identifying the IP’s as they came in).

As the comments drag on it becomes clear that this is all coming from one or at most two people using some kind of IP anonymizer. Eventually, the site admin, Ben Cartwright, gets fed up and posts his phone number in the thread, daring this crazed commenter to call…Yeah, I know that’s crazy, but I warned you, right?

Next thing you know Ben posts that he has received two phone calls from someone using a voice modulator, like in the movie Scream. But the weird-o-meter finally pegs when Ben checks the return number on the call and it turns out to be the CIA public information office. At this point, you’re thinking it can’t get weirder? Wrong.

In the midst of all this insanity, a DKos diarist named AnonymousArmy is calmly explaining how he ticked off these people in the first place. Seixon had written about AnonymousArmy’s part in the story earlier, but he never mentioned the following. And this is interesting indeed.

Anonymous Army reprinted a post at DKos by someone named William Pitt. Pitt is a contributor at Truthout where Jason Leopold also works. You can read one of his pieces from early in the plame affair here. Based on this sort of worshipful material he apparently made a connection with Wilson himself. How do we know? Because much later (May 15th) when Truthout was promising an indictment that wasn’t happening, Pitt (apparently in a state of inebriation) posted the following on Democratic Underground:

You could have asked. I would have gladly explained the inside sourcing that I cannot reveal publicly. I would have told you. Happily. I would have explained how Joseph Wilson independently verified a half dozen other sources, none of whom are connected.

Go here and you can see where the post was made and then removed a few minutes later. However AnonymousArmy made a copy of it and posted it on DKos. Apparently, a number of people were very upset that this information was released and begged both him and Kos to take it down.

In any case, this is certainly news to me. Of course it makes perfect sense that Joe Wilson would be the one leaking the Rove indictment story to Jason Leopold. Wilson is the one who wanted to see the “frog march” from the beginning. It would also explain why Leopold and Truthout decided not to reveal their sources, even though they promised to do so if the indictment didn’t happen. No matter what happens, they can’t burn St. Joe.

After the non-indictment of Rove, Truthout swore that some sort of last minute shenanigans had undone the indictment. Sounded like a lame CYA manuever to me, but now I wonder. Did the revelation of Leopold’s sourcing (i.e. Wilson) make its way to Fitzgerald? Wilson had to have gotten his information from someone inside the investigation itself. So how would it look if the leak investigator was himself surrounded by leakers? Or, if Rove had learned of this, would he be able to turn it to his advantage? Who knows, but maybe Pitt’s revelation on DU is the reason Fitzmas never came. Wouldn’t that be ironic.

And speaking of irony, if you click on that link to the Pitt piece, it starts with a quote from Bush 41 which, I’m guessing, some of the liberal bloggers over at DKos may find appropriate for William Pitt himself:

“Even though I’m a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors.”

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