Cheney's July 12th Plane Ride to Norfolk
Posted on Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 06:10:59 PM EST
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Josh Marshall finds an archived version of today's Washington Post article on Lexis-Nexis that is different than the first edition of the article. The difference is this sentence which did not make it into the final version:
On July 12, the day Cheney and Libby flew together from Norfolk, the vice president instructed his aide to alert reporters of an attack launched that morning on Wilson's credibility by Fleischer, according to a well-placed source.
Why is this critical? Jane at Firedoglake thinks it means that Ari Fleischer was Robert Novak's source. Anonymous Liberal analyzes another part of the article and concludes that Ari Fleischer was Walter Pincus's source. While I think it's possible that Fleischer was Novak's source, providing information he learned from Libby at lunch on July 7, I don't think he was Pincus's source. In any event, I think the removed sentence from the WaPo article is significant for another reason. It seems to be another link in the chain of available information that says the attack on Wilson could have been ordered by Cheney -- and that may be the reason it was deleted from the final version of the article.
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