The Independent on Bob Woodward

Watergate hero shame over White House leak

Not only did Mr Woodward not go public with the fact that he had been given Ms Plame’s name for almost 30 months; he did not even inform his superiors at the Washington Post that he was a key player in a scandal that, in recent months, has systematically eaten away at the integrity and public popularity of the Bush presidency.

Worse still, transcripts of Mr Woodward’s recent television appearances show that he has wasted few opportunities to denigrate Mr Fitzgerald, calling him a "junkyard dog" chasing down trivia, and describing his decision to jail New York Times reporter Judith Miller for failing to co-operate with his investigation as "disgraceful".

Ms Miller has since been disgraced herself, for writing a slew of erroneous stories about Saddam’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction and for seeming being more interested in protecting the integrity of her sources within the Bush administration than in protecting the integrity of a deeply embarrassed New York Times.

Now it is Mr Woodward’s turn to come under suspicion that his powerful friends mean more to him than his professional obligation to his readers. At no time in any of his public rants against Mr Fitzgerald did he indicate he might have a personal stake in the story.

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