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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Deep Throat, Deep Rectum

From this morning's Washington Post:

Prosecution of Felt Called Unlikely

Associated Press
Saturday, June 4, 2005; Page A18

NEW YORK, June 3 -- W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official who was "Deep Throat" during the Watergate scandal, probably will not be prosecuted for leaking information to reporters three decades ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said Friday.

The Justice Department "has a lot of other priorities," Gonzales said.

Asked whether he considered Felt to be a hero or a villain, Gonzales said he will leave that to history. His boss, President Bush, has also refrained from expressing an opinion on Felt.

Felt leaked tips about criminal wrongdoing at the White House to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation.

As attorney general, Gonzales is overseeing an investigation into who gave the name of an undercover CIA officer to journalists.


Following his immediate predecessor's fine example, Mr. Gonzales fails to note that the information that Mark Felt leaked was not illegal to leak. In the thirty-two years since Watergate I haven't heard of anyone trying to roust out the identity of Deep Throat in order to prosecute him. Does anyone recall Ben Bradlee, Katharine Graham, Carl Bernstein, or Bob Woodward being pressured to reveal Deep Throat because he had acted illegally?

Of course not.

Furthermore, if Felt had acted illegally Gonzales should state so clearly and unequivocably rather than obliquely promoting that implication with that "other priorities" evasion.

Oh, and how is that other investigation going?

Back in mid-April, the House Intelligence Committee Democrats wrote to Mr. Gonzales asking the same question, since it had been nearly two years since Robert Novak-- shall we call him Deep Rectum?-- had illegally published the name of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame.

Here's how CNN reported it:

In response to the Democrats, Gonzales said he is confident that Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney from Chicago who is the lead prosecutor on the case, is "proceeding on a basis that he thinks is appropriate and that at the appropriate time the matter will come to a head."

Gonzales noted that he recused himself from the matter after taking office. His predecessor, John Ashcroft, also recused himself in December 2003 after complaints from Democrats. Ashcroft's office said he took that step to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest.

The Democrats' letter noted that Fitzgerald wrote in March court filings that the factual investigation "was for all practical purposes" completed in October, yet no charges were filed.


Oh. All right then. It's... moving right along.

But if our Attorney General isn't working on the Plame case, what's he doing? What is "overseeing the case"? Just more of the same kind of diversion we are used to getting from this bunch.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a Deep Rectum probe results in a lot of crap.