June 21, 2006
One Hook to Another

Okay, I admit it, I can’t let go. Maybe it is an obsession.

What’s keeping my interest, pitifully enough, is the continuing Saga of Karl. At least I hope it’s continuing. Perhaps it’s only a fantasy, but I don’t have the evidence to prove it’s false, and if there’s a one percent chance it’s true, I have to act as if it’s certain.

And I think there’s more than a one percent chance that Karl’s off one hook because he’s on another. The folks at Truthout, where Jason Leopold originally published the story that Karl had been indicted, are still standing by their reporter. Here’s executive director Marc Ash:

Yes, it does appear that Truthout was used, but not lied to or misled. The facts appear to have been accurate. We reported them, and in so doing, apparently became an instrument. From all indications, our reports, first on May 13 that Rove had been indicted, and then on June 12 when we published case number "06 cr 128," forced Rove and Luskin back to the table with Fitzgerald, not once but twice. They apparently sought to avoid public disclosure and were prepared to do what they had to do to avoid it.

It’s an interesting thesis, and the possibilities are fun to contemplate. If the prosecutorial bulldogs have Karl by his big, fat backside and can force him to talk about the Plame leak, it will be Fitzmas indeed. Or, as Al Franken more aptly styles it, Fitznukkah.

Since I’m figuring that Fitzgerald’s real target is Cheney, I see Libby as the gatekeeper, who will protect the high-value target as long as he can. Which presumably leaves Karl in the role of keymaster. I mean, suppose you’re a prosecutor hunting for Vice Presidential scalp, and you need to turn someone with insider knowledge of the nefarious deeds. Who’s the slimiest weasel in close proximity, the guy who’d turn in his own — well, maybe I won’t go there, but you know who I mean. Karl knows the dirt, has no real loyalty to the Cheney side of the administration, and is easy to coerce because he’s guilty. Of the Plame leak, I mean, ignoring all those other things he’s guilty of.

Bobby Fischer, the immensely talented and immensely troubled chessplayer, once said of his opponents, “I like to see ’em squirm.” Normally I find that approach a little over the top; I just want my opponent to admit I won, and we’ll go have a beer. Which is why I’m not a grandmaster. But in Karl’s case I think I’d make an exception. I would certainly tune in to hear what he had to say on the stand.

Froomkin pointed out how little we’ve heard about the connection between David Safavian, recently convicted, and the White House, still, at this point, unindicted. After all, the only reason Safavian wasn’t frog-marched out of his (Bush-appointed) office on the Monday he was indicted was that he had resigned on the previous Friday. It’ll be hard to claim Bush doesn’t know this guy. And this guy knows Abramoff. Could it be that the hints we’ve heard from various investigations to the effect that everything’s connected are as much a declaration of fact as a philosophical statement about life, the universe, and everything? Could some prosecutor actually get the chance to ask Cheney about that 600% increase in federal contracts with Halliburton since his administration took office? Not to mention, what’s up with Cheney’s continued income from the company government contracts have recently favored?

And one final note: One of the victorious prosecutors in the [Safavian] case, Peter Zeidenberg of the Justice Department’s public integrity section, is also part of the team of lawyers on the CIA leak case led by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.
Posted by Chuck Dupree at June 21, 2006 01:41 PM
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I think we spend too much time worrying about Karl. He's the American Osama. Not as dangerous as he's made out to be. I doubt that he has the mysterious powers that are alleged. Neither did Rasputin. I doubt that Karl will meet the same fate as Rasputin did, but he may meet the American equivalent; relegated to the scrapheap of history.

Posted by: Buck on June 24, 2006 10:04 AM
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