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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Which is it, Part II:

The Newsweek story on Rove is out on the web. One point in particular got my attention:

"Initially, Fitzgerald's focus was on Novak's sourcing, since Novak was the first to out Plame. But according to Luskin, Rove's lawyer, Rove spoke to Cooper three or four days before Novak's column appeared. Luskin told NEWSWEEK that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information" and that "he did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA."

Until this, it was:
(From March 2004 American Prospect)

"But Rove also adamantly insisted to the FBI that he was not the administration official who leaked the information that Plame was a covert CIA operative to conservative columnist Robert Novak last July. Rather, Rove insisted, he had only circulated information about Plame after it had appeared in Novak's column. He also told the FBI, the same sources said, that circulating the information was a legitimate means to counter what he claimed was politically motivated criticism of the Bush administration by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson."
(Thanks to for that link)

So Herr Rove has changed tactics to try to protect himself from the charge of treason. Aw, shucks, he did leak the information on Plame before it was common knowledge, but gosh, he just didn't know she was a covert agent, therefore, no mens rea. While that's clearly a big helping of poopadoodle, it seems to be his best gambit to trade a charge of perjury (or at least for lying to the investigators depending on whether he did it under oath) for a charge of treason.

I don't understand how conscionable citizens can let this state of affairs continue without accountability. What's even scarier is that I always pegged Karl Rove as being the one member of the administration capable of learning from mistakes (his and others). At some point, arrogance trumps cunning. Remove this guy from the equation, what do you have left?