The new Fitzgerald grand jury has everybody buzzing. Clearly the
prosecutor wants and needs to check out the meaning of the revelation
that Bob Woodward was the first reporter to have been told about
Valerie Plame’s CIA employment. People in DC are focused on the
identity of Woodward’s government source — but maybe they should be
looking somewhere else.
One person who might conceivably be in some jeopardy is Woodward’s
own colleague, Walter Pincus. Pincus testified before Fitzgerald’s
grand jury last year about his government source for his stories.
Woodward now says he told Pincus about Plame some time in mid-June.
Pincus says he doesn’t remember that.
Which is what Pincus has to say. Because if Pincus acknowledged
remembering Woodward’s words, he would (one presumes) be admitting to
having perjured himself before the grand jury. Fitzgerald will
presumably not indict Pincus based on Woodward’s words alone (that
would be a he-said-she-said situation, and there’s no way of proving
But if Fitzgerald now subpoenas a whole bunch of new executive-branch
officials who never testified before — including some people at
State and CIA — he will surely be doing so to find out whether
Pincus spoke to them, and whether Plame’s name came up. He might also
want to see Pincus’s contemporaneous notes, which he did not insist
on in the first place.
Fitzgerald indicted Scooter Libby for supposedly lying to his grand
jury. Why should Walter Pincus be held to a lesser standard?