Friday, July 15, 2005

Rove learned of Plame’s CIA connections through reporter

In grand jury testimony yesterday, presidential advisor Karl Rove said he learned that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA from other reporters before he spoke with columnist Robert Novak and Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper.

Rove testified that when Novak asked him about Wilson’s wife working for the CIA, Rove indicated that “he had heard something like that,” according to a recounting of the grand jury testimony.

I don’t know why, but I still get the feeling that the full story isn’t out yet. Even if Rove is telling the truth and another reporter had previously questioned him about Plame’s CIA connections I would have expected one of two things to have happened. First, Rove would have checked into the matter to see if it was, in fact, true and what impact, if any, a reporter’s questioning about an undercover operative would have on our nation’s security. If Rove didn’t do this and/or he confirmed Plame’s identity to other reporters, he was derelict in his duties to the country.

The other issue that doesn’t make sense here is the mysterious third reporter that Rove can’t recall. One would have expected this reporter to have broken the story.

Something just isn’t adding up yet.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other reporter may well have been Judith Miller, who got the information through her neocon friends in DOD. This investigation is really not about Rove, I suspect.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Joe Weedon said...

Even if the investigation is not about Rove and no criminal charges will be brought against any member of the WH staff, don't we have to ask ourselves why Rove didn't help protect the identity of a CIA operative? And why the WH all but confirmed her identity to other reporters?

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Tom - doubts and all said...

I think the Dems and Joe are saying similar things. If the Time email Newsweek has is genuine (I haven't heard suggestions otherwise), at the very least Rove was irresponsible with his handling and distribution of potentially classified information.

Such a lack of security awareness would, and should, lead to the suspension of a person's security clearance pending an investigation at any other level of government.

Is Rove above all that?
Should he be?

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Heiuan said...

If Rove didn’t do this and/or he confirmed Plame’s identity to other reporters, he was derelict in his duties to the country.

And there it is in a nutshell. Whichever way this plays out, Rove was derelict in his duties.


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