Watergate star reporter takes a fall

Deborah Howell, the Washington Post‘s ombudsman, calling Bob Woodward, “the master of the anonymous source,” has criticized him for keeping the information “that he had been told about the identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame more than two years ago” from Executive Editor Len Downie and for “commenting on National Public Radio and ‘Larry King Live’ about the Plame investigation without disclosing his early knowledge of Plame’s identity.” Howell also seemed to want knock Woodward, one of two reporters famous for their investigative reporting in the Watergate Scandal, down a peg or two, noting the exceptional privileges he enjoyed at the newspaper. “[H]e kept the kind of information from Downie that is a deeply serious sin not to disclose to a boss — the kind that can get even a very good reporter in the doghouse for a long time,” wrote Howell.

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