Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday 3 June 2005

New Felt Leak of Novak "Deep Throat' File

Wild Guesses Often Traded With Fellow Conservative Buchanan

W. Mark Felt, who earlier this week unmasked himself as the infamous "Deep Throat" of the Nixon Watergate Scandal leaked a file to reporters yesterday of conservative Chicago Times Columnist Robert Novak and his "guesses" as to who "Deep Throat" was.

Novak, considered by many Washington insiders as "The Prince of Darkness" has been a staunch supporter of ex-President Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace over the Watergate cover-up.

More recently, in 2003, Novak, in his column, disclosed the identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame, allegedly as retribution for her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, criticizing the Bush Administration. The case has two other reporters - Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine - facing possible jail sentences for refusing to disclose their sources on stories related to the Plame case.

Felt indicated that the FBI long kept a file on Novak and that Hoover thought he was untrustworthy and a "suck-up".

"He was a conservative that supported Kennedy and Johnson", offered Felt. "But his conservative views were much that of a Republican".

Before Felt left the FBI, he had a team of agents break-in to Novak's office and copy numerous documents and files. Novak,. at the time was teamed with writer Rowland Evans and they co-wrote the Evans-Novak Political Report, which critics derided as "Errors and No Facts".

Included in the documents taken was a notebook that contained notes and scribbles of who Novak believed "Deep Throat" was.

Novak first suspected Bebe Rebozo, a close Nixon friend, with the note "Nixon's bag man playing both sides against the middle?"
Also listed was Senator George McGovern, who Novak speculated was "looking to get even after being trounced in the '72' election"
Nicaraguan President Somoza was another guess by Novak with revenge the motive, for getting short-changed on the millions promised in foreign aid.

There was also evidence that Novak corresponded with Pat Buchanan, then a Nixon speechwriter. In one letter, Buchanan was vehemently pressing the case that Howard Hughes was "Deep Throat". Hughes, at the time was extremely upset and fighting an unauthorized biography by writer Clifford Irving. Buchanan posits that Hughes reached out to the administration to "squash Irving", via Bebe Rebozo, who was later convicted of taking $100,000 contribution from Hughes for the Nixon campaign and it was "pay-back" time for Hughes.

Buchanan, in another correspondence, jokingly accuses Novak of being "Deep Throat".

Novak was publicly criticized in 2001, for revealing his confidential source. Novak admitted that Robert Hanssen was his main source for a 1997 column in which he attacked then Attorney General Janet Reno, for allegedly covering up a 1996 campaign-finance scandal.

Buchanan continued in his ribbing, writing to Novak "that know you're a serial leaker and you have bigger names to let out before you're done".

Wild Motion Overshadows Jackson Trial Final Arguments

Jackson Offers To Sequester Jury At Neverland; Invites Jurors To "Bring Their Children".

If the jury was in the courtroom, they might have decided the case right on the spot.

Before final arguments began, Judge Rodney Melville entertained a rare, emergency motion from the Jackson team that shocked the onlookers, who gasped as it was read.

Jackson lead lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr. advised the court the "Mr. Jackson would like to notify the court that he is willingly to have the jury sequestered at Neverland, as a means to save the court and state money, and that they are welcomed to bring their children and families".

Before prosecutors could jump up, Judge Melville, visibly stunned by the motion, firmly, and with a terse voice, denied the motion. He glared at Jackson before telling both teams of attorneys to sit down and "get on with it".

Reporters and other news media raced out of the courtroom as the crowd in the visitors section buzzed with shock.

Television networks broke into programming with flash bulletins.

Dan Abrams, Host of MSNBC's 'Abrams Report', was speechless as he came on camera. He told the MSNBC audience that he just "can't believe it".

Court TV anchor Fred Graham sat, just shaking his head as a graphic crawler described the motion.

Both media and legal observers continued talking about the bizarre motion outside the courtroom as final arguments proceeded. The running theme was how they could propose such a motion, when one of the charges against Jackson is that he held the family of the accuser against their will.

"What was he going to do", offered one reporter, "get the jury to Neverland then ship them all off to Brazil?"

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