***: Note that while the factual preamble section of the indictment alleges "LIBBY did not discuss Wilson's wife with Russert," when it comes to detailing Libby's alleged specific lies the indictment does not claim this. It alleges only that
Russert did not ask Libby if Libby knew Wilson's wife worked for the CIA [i.e., but maybe he told him!], nor did he tell Libby that all the reporters knew it. [Emphasis added, capitalization of "Libby" deleted]
If Fitzgerald's case boils down to whether Russert told Libby the information on Wilson's wife or put it in the form of a question ("Did you know that Mrs. Wilson ... ")--or if it hinges on whether Russert told Libby about other reporters knowing it-- then it's really as trivial as the WSJ makes it out to be. But it won't boil down to that, from all appearances, because Fitzgerald can also nail Libby on Libby's implausible statement that he was surprised by Russert's info. ("[A]t that point in time I did not recall ..."). 1:49 A.M. link
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