On my way to work this morning, I caught a glimpse of a fellow commuter’s Washington Post and noteiced the Rove story made the front page today. It’s pretty clear that Rove’s lawyer will attempt to hide behind a hybrid of "I did not inhale" and "it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is." Poetic, no?
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame’s role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove’s lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.
Rove had a short conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper on July 11, 2003, three days before Robert D. Novak publicly exposed Plame in a column about her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV. Wilson had come under attack from the White House for his assertions that he found no evidence Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger and that he reported those findings to top administration officials. Wilson publicly accused the administration of leaking his wife’s identity as a means of retaliation.
But it seems that the story behind the story here may be the exact nature of Judy Miller’s involvement. I speculated earlier about when and where Miller enters the story, but over at Blogenlust, there’s another theory on Miller’s involvement that sounds interesting, though it seems to take Rove off the hotseat.
I’m afraid that the exuberation over Rove’s involvement is being used to obfuscate the fact that there is someone even more guilty than Rove. That is, Rove may be involved, but he was not the person to actually reveal the classified information. That’s the person we want, and that’s the person who broke the law. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as happy as anyone that this may be the downfall of Rove, but let’s also keep our eyes on the prize. Someone gave that information to Rove, and we need to know who that person is.
…Now I’m of the opinion that Bush has known all along who leaked the information on Plame, or rather, who gave that information to Rove. Rove, for one, would never have let the President make the above statements if he knew it could be used against them in the information, epecially considering how Rove was very much involved in the leaking process. Bush’s statements were carefully crafted, and they might suggest some clues as to who the original leak is.
There’s also some suggestion that the Plame leaker was actually a reporter. That doesn’t discount my earlier theory about Miller’s involvment, but it does leave unanswered the question of just who she’s protecting by going to jail. It doesn’t make much sense that she’d be protecting Libby, since he’d most likely be sacrificed to spare someone higher up on the administration’s food chain. Still Miller would have to have gotten the information from somewhere, but it’s still not clear just who and why she’s protecting their identity. Of course, she could just be standing on principle.
Most likely if anything comes of it, say an indictment or something, look for presidential pardons all around, much as I would like to see Rove frogmarched out of the White House in cuffs.