Ever since Bob Woodward revealed he knew the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame before Robert Novak did, many questions are being asked in the newsroom.
If Bob Woodward knew who she was before Novak, should Bob Novak get the Pulitzer Prize for leaks?
Why didn't Woodward (aka Robert Redford), the most respected investigative reporter in Washington (along with Carl Bernstein aka Dustin Hoffman), tell us two years ago what he just revealed to his editor, Len Downie, just weeks ago?
Why did former ambassador Joe Wilson (husband of Plame) write an op-ed piece for the New York Times saying there was no uranium in Niger? Was he going to write a book on it in hopes of making it into a TV series titled "Desperate CIA Housewives"?
Who sent him to Africa to find out if they were selling uranium to Saddam Hussein for his weapons program?
If it was Plame who came up with the idea for Wilson to go to Niger, was it because, as a CIA officer, she wanted firsthand information, or did she send him to save her marriage?
Why did the White House react so strongly to Wilson's op-ed piece? Was it because it gave aid and comfort to the Democrats, or because, if there were no nuclear weapons, there would be no reason to go to war to bring democracy to the Middle East?
Who in the White House leaked Plame's name to the media, which could have been either a criminal act or a crime of passion?
When the Justice Department appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to lead a grand jury, how many millions of dollars did they give him to get to the bottom of the leak, and why didn't they turn it over to Court TV, which would have investigated it for half the cost?
The reporters who were asked to appear before the grand jury were told they had to reveal their sources.
Why did Judy Miller of the New York Times refuse to squeal and spend 85 days in jail -- and why, after she did her time, did the New York Times fire her?
To add insult to injury, Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the Times, wrote a piece saying Miller was a "pushy" reporter who took her seat at a White House briefing. Was this Dowd's way of getting even, or was she stuck for a column that day?
Finally, Miller got a waiver in writing from her source saying she could use his name. It turned out the source was I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was Vice President Cheney's chief of staff. Why did Fitzgerald indict him for perjury and obstruction of justice, but not for leaking Plame's name?
Did the grand jury go along with the special prosecutor because anyone named Scooter had to be guilty of a crime?
Karl Rove's name kept popping up in the press. He denied all the rumors. So why did he hire a highly paid criminal lawyer to defend him, and why doesn't he answer Novak's telephone calls?
This is where we stand now with Plame, a beautiful lady undercover agent who had her picture in Vanity Fair.
Judy Miller is reportedly writing a book and has a Web site, which is her way of telling her side of the story. Dowd can now sit in Miller's chair anytime she wants to.
And finally, Bob Woodward now spends all his time on talk shows explaining why he kept mum. He would have spoken a lot sooner but, unlike "Deep Throat," his source refused to meet him in a garage.
(c) 2005 Tribune Media Services