Bob Woodward

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Robert Upshur "Bob" Woodward is the assistant managing editor for Investigative News for The Washington Post. Woodward and Carl Bernstein are the "reporters of the Washington Post [who] investigated the Watergate break-in and first cracked the Watergate scandal in August 1972, which led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974." [1]

Prior to this however, Woodward worked "as communications watch officer at the Pentagon in 1970, which led him to act as a courier between the military and the White House. His work brought him into close contact with General Alexander Haig, who worked for the National Security Council and whom he frequently briefed. Operating in this environment had much more to do with his future evolution as a journalist than anything else, including his work on exposing Watergate." [1]

Woodward's most recent publication, State of Denial: Bush at War, published by Simon & Schuster, was released September 30, 2006 (ISBN 0743272234). Woodward's Plan of Attack was released in April 2004.

Treasongate: Beyond Karl Rove

Trial of Scooter Libby

On February 12, 2007, Woodward testified that "former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. agent to him in June 2003, but that I. Lewis Libby Jr. said nothing about the agent when Mr. Woodward talked to him two weeks later," David Stout reported in the New York Times.

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"Some Other Dude Did It"

"The source who informed Woodward of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name and occupation weeks before it was (as far as we know) slipped to any other reporter was not indicted former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby or, according to the New York Times (which gave the Woodward story the sort of instant front-page attention it so long denied the actions of its own 'embedded' reporter Judy Miller), President Bush, or White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, or Card's counselor Dan Bartlett, or former Secretary of State Colin Powell, or the former director of the CIA George Tenet, or his deputy John E. McLaughlin, or, for that matter, Karl Rove. It's someone other." --Elizabeth de la Vega, Tom Dispatch, November 18, 2005.

Undisclosed "Source"

According to a statement released November 15, 2005, by Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, in a more than two-hour deposition under oath November 14th, he told Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald that a "senior administration official [casually] told him in mid-June 2003 that [Valerie] Plame worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the information to be classified or sensitive."

"A lawyer in the case said Woodward's source had not previously testified before a grand jury in the leak case." [2]

"Citing a confidentiality agreement in which the source freed Woodward to testify but would not allow him to discuss their conversations publicly, Woodward and Post editors refused to disclose the official's name or provide crucial details about the testimony. Woodward did not share the information with Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. until last month, and the only Post reporter whom Woodward said he remembers telling in the summer of 2003 does not recall the conversation taking place." [3]

"So now we have a situation where an icon of the journalistic fraternity intentionally sat on a story for over two years, while a special prosecutor investigated whether a criminal betrayal of the national security of our country occurred." --Joe Wilson, TPM Cafe, November 18, 2005.

"Woodward's disclosure was motivated not by a sudden pang of conscience, as it turns out, but by the sudden necessity of testifying under oath before a federal grand jury." --Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2005.

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Biographical Profile

Woodward, born March 26, 1943, in Geneva, Illinois, graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1970. [4] [5]

"Woodward joined the Post in 1971 from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Sentinel, where he had been a reporter and in 1979, he became assistant managing editor of Metropolitan News. Prior to reporting, Woodward served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer." [6]

Woodward reported the Watergate scandal from 1972 to 1974, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973. He was promoted to assistant managing editor of the Washington Post in 1981. [7]

Also see Woodward's Harry Walker Agency Biography.

Published Works

  • All the President's Men (with Carl Bernstein) (1974)
  • The Final Days (with Carl Bernstein) (1976)
  • The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (with Scott Armstrong) (1979)
  • Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984)
  • Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA (1987)
  • The Commanders (1991)
  • The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle
  • The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
  • The Choice (1996)
  • Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999/2000)
  • Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom (2001)
  • The Commanders (2002)
  • Bush At War (2002)
  • Plan of Attack (2004)
  • State of Denial (2006)
  • The War Within (2008)

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Articles & Commentary





  • Louis Proyect, "Debunking Bob Woodward", Swans Commentary, December 5, 2005.