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Away From Home

Monday, July 11, 2005

White House commits federal crime

Through all of their denials, it appears that the White House really did expose Valerie Plame:

For two years, a federal prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has been investigating the leak of Plame's identity as an undercover CIA agent. The leak was first reported by columnist Robert Novak on July 14, 2003. Novak apparently made some arrangement with the prosecutor, but Fitzgerald continued to press other reporters for their sources, possibly to show a pattern (to prove intent) or to make a perjury case. (It is illegal to knowingly identify an undercover CIA officer.) Rove's words on the Plame case have always been carefully chosen. "I didn't know her name. I didn't leak her name," Rove told CNN last year when asked if he had anything to do with the Plame leak. Rove has never publicly acknowledged talking to any reporter about former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. But last week, his lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed to NEWSWEEK that Rove did—and that Rove was the secret source who, at the request of both Cooper's lawyer and the prosecutor, gave Cooper permission to testify.

The controversy arose when Wilson wrote an op-ed column in The New York Times saying that he had been sent by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate charges that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from the African country of Niger. Wilson said he had found no evidence to support the claim. Wilson's column was an early attack on the evidence used by the Bush administration to justify going to war in Iraq. The White House wished to discredit Wilson and his attacks. The question for the prosecutor is whether someone in the administration, in an effort to undermine Wilson's credibility, intentionally revealed the covert identity of his wife.

[Emphasis added.]

Remember kids, exposing an undercover agent is a federal crime.


  • Well...we've always known Rove was an asstard...this just makes me so mad! I mean, that woman could have been (and still could be) killed because of his actions. He's a top ranking government official! There are better ways to discredit people, but apparently not better ways to intimidate them into silence. And if Rove did it...any bets Bush knew about it?

    By Blogger Mela, at 7/11/2005 10:05:00 AM  

  • A fuckin rat is a rat. No matter who they are.

    And all Clinton did was get his dick sucked.

    By Blogger MoodSwing, at 7/12/2005 01:54:00 AM  

  • Dude, language. And relevance. A marginally-effective debater could turn that comment back on you. Even a Republican could probably do it.

    By Blogger Scott, at 7/12/2005 07:19:00 AM  

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