Libby may have attempted to telegraph Miller’s testimony. In code, he may have told her to lie, absolve him, and throw Karl Rove under the bus.
The recently revealed letter that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby sent to jailed-for-contempt reporter Judith Miller raises more questions than it answers. In something reminiscent of a spy novel, it even appears in sections that Libby is sending Miller a coded message.
The current criminal inquiry is looking into which persons leaked undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to the public. Based on what is of public record, it appears Karl Rove leaked her identity to reporter Matt Cooper and others. Based on Miller’s recent testimony, it appears Libby was her source. It also remains to be seen whether Rove or Libby, or others, lied to investigators and thereby committed additional crimes.
But Libby’s letter is interesting. His closing paragraph reads as follows:
You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover–Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work—and life. Until then, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
In intermediate paragraphs he states as follows:
As noted above, my lawyer confirmed my waiver to other reporters in just the way he did with your lawyer. Why? Because, as I am sure will not be news to you, the public report of every other reporter’s testimony makes clear that they did not discuss Ms. Plame’s name or identity with me, or knew about her before our call . . .
To decipher this letter a theory must be first posited –the theory is this: Scooter Libby DID leak Plame’s identity to Judith Miller. Miller may have told Karl Rove who passed the information on to dozens of others, or Rove could be a leaker as well –and that remains to be seen.
But one thing Libby asserts is that he released Miller’s confidentiality “just the way he did” with others. He is trying to tell Miller she is in the same class as the other reporters (wink, wink) –i.e., he did not leak the information to her.
Secondly the Why? It should go without saying. Why did Libby tell Miller why? It is an obvious attempt to guide her testimony. He tells her the why –it is because the clear public record shows he did not leak to anyone else, and since she is in the same class as everyone else, he didn’t leak to her either (wink, wink).
What this leaves out of course is that Rove will be left out to dry. He may even be enticing her to lie and claim it was Karl Rove, instead of him. But if Miller testifies like Libby wants her too, he will be in the clear. And since the aspens, turn in clusters, because their (neo-con) roots connect them. She can come back to work as the chief propagandist for the Bush administration, and even help them build the case for an invasion of Iran.
Since all neo-cons are connected by their roots and grow in clusters, why pull the roots out of two neo-cons, when you can pull the roots out of only one (Karl Rove) and overall still have a healthier forest of (neo-cons) aspens.
Unfortunately for Libby, it appears Miller told the truth to the Grand Jury and uprooted yet another neo-con in this ongoing investigation.