Monday, July 18, 2005

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.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger AubreyJ said...

Hello Joe,
Hope all is well with you and yours…
This morning during a Press Meeting along side of the PM of India the President did say that if someone is convicted of a crime in his Administration, “they will no longer work there.” I take the man at his word on this. But we know that will never be good enough for the many out there…

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Joe Weedon said...

Regardless of whether or not Rove committed a crime, he violated the nation's trust and should be removed from the WH staff.

Is the president saying that it's ok to leak classified information to the media as long as you do it in a way that doesn't result in a criminal conviction? I don't think that's good enough for the president or for America.

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Ted Carmichael said...

Hi, Aubrey ... there's a reason the President's word "will never be good enough for the many out there" on this matter. He has already, clearly, failed to live up to his word. Here's a quote, from Sept. 30th, 2003:

"Listen, I know of nobody -- I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information," he said. "If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing."

Of course, other presidential and White House official statements have gone much further ... in the past. But recently there have been definitive changes in the wordings on this matter, as your quote from the President indicates. In fact, one could say the W.H. statements morph to conform to what is publicly known. It seems likely that - if more information comes to light - the statements will morph once again.

The new White House policy of "not commenting on an ongoing investigation" is indefensible, considering how often and how much they have commented before. And there is still someone - almost certainly someone in this administration - who is not letting Judith Miller testify.

If President Bush honestly wanted to get to the bottom of this, he could demand that the people who work for him fess up and let her off the hook. Instead, he's circling the wagons, and putting politics and personal relationships above national security. Also indefensible.


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