Friday, March 3, 2006
The joy of a prosecution involving an extensive grand jury investigation along with highly sensitive national security information is that important filings in the case are largely blank when released to the public. An affidavit filled by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald (available below) opposes I. Lewis Libby's request for disclosure of information about what was disclosed to other reporters than those with whom Libby allegedly spoke about the status of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. The sixteen page affidavit has all of the pertinent information redacted, so that all one "reads" on pages 2 through 12 are blanks. Paragraph 43 is particularly tantalizing and typically frustrating, stating:
The one significant piece of information that Libby is not being told is the identity of REDACTED as a source for REDACTED. Moreover, Libby has been given a redacted transcript of the conversation between Woodward and REDACTED and Novak has published an account briefly describing the conversation with his first confidential source REDACTED.
Darn, we can almost read between the lines, but not quite. This is how it will be for a quite a while as the parties fight out issues related to disclosure of grand jury information and the Classified Information Procedure Act behind closed doors and through redacted filings, particularly from the Special Counsel's office. (ph)