Newsweek, Isikoff, and... Karl Rove?

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I've never been a spy, I've just played a couple of them in movies. However, for one of my roles I did do a bit of research. That research came in handy when I heard about the Newsweek "scandal" and the Koran that was flushed down the toilet...

Let's imagine this: a well-known reporter for a major newsweekly prints a story from an anonymous source who had previously been reliable. As I learned for my role in The Cartier Project, in many cases intelligence agencies feed accurate data to the other side, only to feed one last piece of inaccurate data after they've gained the trust of the other side.

There is no doubt in my mind that Michael Isikoff vetted what he was told with other anonymous sources in the administration. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the highest levels of the White House - perhaps even "vice" president Cheney - approved of his report before it was issued.

After all, it was Isikoff who broke the Monica Lewinsky story...

Engaging one's thoughts further, one sees where this is leading. Feed some inaccurate information, then stomp on Newsweek as a way to tarnish the whole media. That is, the last remaining bits of the media that aren't simply part of the conservative machine...

Add in that the General said the riots were about permanent bases, and that the peaceful demonstrators were shot by Pakistan police... One shouldn't be surprised if one's hair is standing on end by now...

The overall reason? To draw the public's attention away from Memogate in the first part of June. Even if Newsweek reports that, one might be forgiven for not believing them after the job Karl Rove appears to have done.

I can't provide proof for anything above, but it all just seems too cut and dried. Chem deneg - "to whom the money" - as Stalin used to say...