What I Told Scottie To Say
People have made too much of the difference in How I described Karl and Libby I’ve talked to Libby I said it was ridiculous about Karl And it is ridiculous about Libby Libby was not the source of the Novak story And he did not leak classified information
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Prosecutors argued that Mr. Libby covered up his role in the disclosures because “he knew the White House had publicly staked its credibility on there being no White House involvement in the leaking of information about Ms. Wilson.” They also noted that Mr. Bush publicly declared he would fire anyone found to have leaked classified information.
The new court filing quotes from handwritten suggestions Mr. Libby gave to the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, urging the spokesman to proclaim the vice presidential aide’s innocence with the same vigor that the press secretary previously denounced as “ridiculous” suggestions that Mr. Rove might have had a hand in leaking Ms. Plame’s identity.
Mr. Libby’s note, as typed up by the prosecution, reads like a stanza of verse:
“People have made too much of the difference in How I described Karl and Libby I’ve talked to Libby. I said it was ridiculous about Karl And it is ridiculous about Libby. Libby was not the source of the Novak story. And he did not leak classified information.”
Mr. McClellan did not adopt the talking points verbatim, but did tell reporters later that Messrs. Rove and Libby “assured me that they were not involved in this.”