Friday, July 15, 2005

Krugman Refuted in Record Time

The FLUBA Committee to Chart the Sad Decline of Once Respected Economists notes that Paul Krugman's employer is now the holder of the speed record for proving his claims to be false. On the same day that Krugman attacked Karl Rove for leaking Valerie Plame's name to the press: part of the effort to discredit Joseph Wilson IV, Mr. Rove leaked the fact that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the C.I.A. I don't know whether Mr. Rove can be convicted of a crime, but there's no question that he damaged national security for partisan advantage.

The Times carried a front page story that revealed that the direction of that information was actually the reverse; from the press (and Bob Novak specifically) to Karl Rove:

Mr. Rove has told investigators that he learned from the columnist [Robert Novak] the name of the C.I.A. officer, who was referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, and the circumstances in which her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, traveled to Africa to investigate possible uranium sales to Iraq....

After hearing Mr. Novak's account, ... Mr. Rove told the columnist: "I heard that, too."

The previously undisclosed telephone conversation, which took place on July 8, 2003, was initiated by Mr. Novak....

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