by Jerome a Paris
Wed May 3rd, 2006 at 10:36:18 AM EST
Le Monde blows open Villepin's defense, in recent days, that he has been slandered by accusations (first aired in Le Monde last Friday) of political manipulation against his rival on the right, Nicolas Sarkozy.
By publishing in full Général Rondot's testimony and publishing large extracts of his notes, they further weaken Villepin's defenses. (Rondot was tasked by Villepin to investigate the Clearstream affair, and, it appears, to assess Sarkozy's involvement/vulnerability).
Reuter has a quick summary of the lastest, including Villepin's angry reaction.