Upon closer examination of the audio tape it appears that Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says in fact he was speaking to the CIA up until 2003 about employment and long after he started Daily Kos in May of 2002.
He states that in 2001 "I was underemployed, between jobs so I applied to the CIA" and later in reference to ANOTHER POINT IN TIME ...he made a decision to work for Howad Dean instead of working for the CIA. That decision could only have taken place in 2003. That is when he went to work for Howard Dean.
Moulitsas discloses to the Daily Kos community that he had decided to work for the Dean Campaign in June of 2003
I've been on the road a lot the past few months. Some of it was for my day job as a web developer. But the bulk of it was for my new political consulting firm (alongside my partner).
I spent this weekend in Burlington, VT, where we officially accepted work on behalf of presidential candidate Howard Dean. Dean joins a Senate candidate in our still small but hopefully growing roster of clients.
Here we see Moulitsas is saying his decesion to join the Dean campaign is made final and the time is June 2003, NOT ANYTIME IN 2001.
In January 2003 he formed a political consulting partnership with Jerome Armstrong. Sometime later in 2003 he joined the Dean campaign.
Moulitsas says he talked to the CIA about his website. His website was begun in May of 2002.
By his own account, MarKos Moulitsas at least interviewed with the CIA AFTER he formed Daily Kos, not (only) before.
It may be he began the interview process in 2001 and that it continued (or training continued) to just before June 2003.
He says he went "all the way to the end". Does this mean he had compeleted training? If he started a 6 month interview process in 2001 it would have long ended by late June of 2003 when he made his decision to work for the Dean campaign.
He formed his partnership as a political consultant in January 2003 with Jerome Armstrong.
In January of 2003, Markos Moulitsas joined Jerome Armstrong in a political consulting partnership called Armstrong Zuniga, before being formally dissolved in December 2004. Howard Dean hired them for a time as technical consultants in 2003.
It would be interesting to know more about Jerome Armstrong ( he was indicted for securties fraud). He went to work for Dean after forming the partnership...so it must be at THAT point that he made the decision he discusses to work not for the CIA but for Howard Dean and that occurs in June 2003.
If he starts an interview process in 2001 that lasts 6 months and he is making his decision in or around June 2003 there are at least 12 months in which his relationship with the CIA continues but is not defined.
Therefore, according to his own statements, we can conclude that while Markos Moulitsas was proprietor of Daily Kos, he was also involved in at least discussions with the CIA for employment. Those "discussions" according to his statements, lasted from 2001 to 2003. This is not a 6 month period.