Rove gave reporter Plame’s identity
The NY Times is reporting, in a first person account of events by Matthew Cooper, that WH senior advisor Karl Rove was the first person to tell him that Valerie Plame was a CIA officer. CNN is reporting that Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Lewis Libby confirmed Plame’s identity.
The WH has previously denied the involvement of both officials in the leak. President Bush had also stated, in June 2004, that anyone found to have leaked classified information would be fired.
I'm not going to begin a conspiracy theory that both Rove and Libby intentionally conspired to reveal Plame's identity to discredit her husband. However, it is time for the the president follow through on his promise to the American public and remove the individuals responsible for the leaks. Whether or not either violated the law is not the issue both individuals violated our nation’s trust and should be removed from the WH.