'Washington Post' Reports That Novak Cooperated With Fitzgerald From the Beginning
By E&P Staff
Published: October 24, 2005 11:55 AM ET
NEW YORK An article in Monday's Washington Post says Robert Novak cooperated with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the "Plamegate" probe.The Post wrote: "A critical early success for Fitzgerald was winning the cooperation of Robert D. Novak, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist who named Plame in a July 2003 story and attributed key information to 'two senior administration officials.' Legal sources said Novak avoided a fight and quietly helped the special counsel's inquiry, although neither the columnist nor his attorney have said so publicly."
The above two sentences were more than 20 paragraphs into an article by Peter Slevin and Carol D. Leonnig published Monday.
An assistant to Novak -- who is syndicated by Creators Syndicate -- told E&P Online Monday morning that the columnist is out of the country until Thursday and could not comment. Novak's attorney, James Hamilton, was reached later in the day, and also declined to comment about the Post story.