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Robert Novak Not Just Selfish And Inconsiderate But A Liar, Too

Reported by Ellen - January 10, 2006

Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Robert Novak said he was not sorry about outing CIA agent Valerie Plame, he was only sorry about the trouble that came to HIM as a result. One of his stated reasons for claiming that revealing her name was no big deal, was "The CIA never told me that it would cause any damage." Thanks to Think Progress, we know this has been proven to be a lie.

According to the Washington Post, on 7/27/05,

Harlow, the former CIA spokesman, said in an interview yesterday that he testified last year before a grand jury about conversations he had with Novak at least three days before the column was published. He said he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson’s wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be revealed.

Harlow said that after Novak’s call, he checked Plame’s status and confirmed that she was an undercover operative. He said he called Novak back to repeat that the story Novak had related to him was wrong and that Plame’s name should not be used.

As Think Progress points out, Novak, in a later column, didn't refute Harlow's warning but called it "meaningless."

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