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O'Neill was given the documents by Treasury's legal counsel

January 13, 2004 8:36 AM

Katie Couric interviewed Paul O'Neill this morning on the "Today" show. He didn't take the documents, he asked Treasury's chief legal counsel for the documents that "are OK to have" for the book, then turned them over to Suskind without even looking at them. Smart guy.

And Josh Marshall makes an interesting observation:

Number of days between Novak column outing Valerie Plame and announcement of investigation: 74 days.

Number of days between O'Neill 60 Minutes interview and announcement of investigation: 1 day.

Having the administration reveal itself as a gaggle of hypocritical goons ... priceless.

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Read the 4 comments.


I thought the modus operandi for the Bush administration was total secrecy all the time. Apparently, Treasury's chief legal counsel didn't get the memo.

Tue Jan 13 2004 11:23 AM


So when is the investigation of Joe Wilson going to take place for his "outing" of a a CIA operative?

Tue Jan 13 2004 12:13 PM


More importantly, O'Neill, with Suskind sitting right there, exposed Suskind and the media's distortion of his words and documents and backed off some of his harsher stuff... this story has just been majorly deflated.

Tue Jan 13 2004 12:40 PM

Jim Gilliam:

Yeah, from the get go it seemed weird that O'Neill didn't see how this was a really big deal. Now it makes sense. It simply isn't a really big deal. Suskind tried to make it into one, 60 Minutes jumped all over it, and people like me got excited to see someone finally break the Bush White House code of silence.

Tue Jan 13 2004 4:57 PM

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