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Lawyer Says Rove Talked to Reporter, Did Not Leak Name
Washington Post ^ | Sunday, July 3, 2005 | Carol D. Leonnig

Posted on 07/03/2005 2:57:08 AM PDT by bookworm100

...Rove is identified in Cooper's notes from that time period, which Time turned over Friday to special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald -- under court order. Fitzgerald is investigating whether senior administration officials leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to reporters in July 2003 as retaliation after her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence to justify a war with Iraq...

Plame's name first appeared in Robert D. Novak's syndicated column in July 2003, eight days after Wilson's opinion piece critical of the Bush administration appeared in the Times. Wilson was sent by the CIA in 2002 to investigate allegations that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in the African nation of Niger, and he reported that he found no proof. His opinion piece accused the administration of twisting intelligence to justify going to war with Iraq

After the Novak column, Wilson said the White House had damaged his wife's career and had put all her contacts in jeopardy. He initially accused Rove of being behind the leak, then retracted that statement. It is a felony to knowingly identify a covert operative.

Rove answered questions under oath for about two hours before a grand jury on Oct. 15 as part of the special prosecutor's investigation. According to Luskin, the prosecutor said he believes Rove was candid and forthcoming about his contact with reporters...

Cooper and New York Times reporter Judith Miller face four months in jail as early as Wednesday for defying Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan's order to cooperate with Fitzgerald's investigation. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the reporters' appeals of Hogan's order.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; cia; ciaidenity; cialeak; cooper; fitzgeral; investigation; josephwilson; novak; plame; robertluskin; rove; valerieplame; wilson
So! The game was "Get Rove!"
1 posted on 07/03/2005 2:57:10 AM PDT by bookworm100
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To: bookworm100

This is the biggest non-story of year. Yawwwwn, nobody cares except the press and the leftist rats. Even if Rove did blurt her name -- they got nothing.


2 posted on 07/03/2005 3:03:13 AM PDT by demlosers (Allegra: Do not believe the garbage the media is feeding you back home.)
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To: bookworm100

I still think the leak was from a democrat. Given the degree of protection and publicity, it's the only thing that makes sense.


3 posted on 07/03/2005 3:05:05 AM PDT by Loud Mime (We want educated people voting, not indoctrinated)
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To: bookworm100

I just knew Lawrence O'D was a "Dirty Liar"!


4 posted on 07/03/2005 3:12:40 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Loud Mime
I still think the leak was from a democrat. Given the degree of protection and publicity, it's the only thing that makes sense.

I agree.

5 posted on 07/03/2005 3:15:50 AM PDT by bookworm100
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To: bookworm100

They think Rove is the brains behind GW's two Presidential elections, so they have to discredit him. Destroy him so he can't make a living in politics. This is right out of the Liberal play manual, and every time republicans cave in to these tactics, it increases the likelihood someone else will be targeted. Positive reinforcement works with dogs, too.


6 posted on 07/03/2005 3:18:01 AM PDT by hershey
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To: demlosers
Wilson was sent by the CIA in 2002 to investigate allegations that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in the African nation of Niger, and he reported that he found no proof. His opinion piece accused the administration of twisting intelligence to justify going to war with Iraq. -Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post Staff Writer

The 100% established fact that Wilson was a liar and/or incompetent miraculously goes unmentioned by the Washington Post. Since the discrediting of Wilson's information doesn't bear directly on this (non-)story, the false information is reported as true. Amazing.

It is a felony to knowingly identify a covert operative. -Leonnig

More tendentious reporting. The potential harm must be very high, a standard I think is ridiculous, but it is the law. Highly doubtful that Plame's outing meets the standard. But the (non-)story loses its (anti-Bush) punch if you acknowledge that.

7 posted on 07/03/2005 3:18:44 AM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: bookworm100

Where was all this hysteria when Sandy Berger was stealing classified docs that undoubtedly incriminated the Clinton administration?


8 posted on 07/03/2005 3:49:54 AM PDT by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: Loud Mime
"I still think the leak was from a democrat. Given the degree of protection and publicity, it's the only thing that makes sense."

Your synopsis is not congruent with the events. The courts are forcing information to be handed over - if it had been anyone but a Republican, erso Rove, the secret would have remained buried as deep as Deep Throat.

9 posted on 07/03/2005 4:01:28 AM PDT by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: bookworm100

It must choke the WaPo to have to write this....


10 posted on 07/03/2005 4:03:10 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: dc-zoo

11 posted on 07/03/2005 4:03:52 AM PDT by bookworm100
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To: hershey
They think Rove is the brains behind GW's two Presidential elections, so they have to discredit him. Destroy him so he can't make a living in politics. This is right out of the Liberal play manual,...

I'm not sure, but I don't think President Bush can run again. The dummies are treating every situation as if Pres. Bush is going to run against their candidate! Somebody please tell them this is his last term.

12 posted on 07/03/2005 4:05:10 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: NutCrackerBoy
A couple of things.

First President Bush appointed the special prosecutor.

Second NOVAK is the reporter who actually reported Plumes name has not been charged with contempt for not revealing his sources... That screamed that NOVAK DID REVEAL HIS SOURCES to the special prosecutor

Three.. The leaker lied to the Special Prosecutor. The leaker denied he leaked the info. Lying to a federal prosecutor is a felony.. Ask Martha Stewart how that works. The leaker is in a heap of trouble.

The Special prosecutor wants the notes of the New York Times and Time magazine reporters.

That says to me the Special prosecutor is going to indict the leaker. He needs the documentation to prove that the leaker in fact leaked and then committed perjury. The will put the reporters in jail if they do not come clean and testify. The news corporations giving up notes and the reporters tesfifying are two separate issues. It is very dangerous for a corporation to refuse to supply documents ordered turned over by a court. This is not just a reporter issue. It is a news organization issue.

The punishment a corporation gets for defying a court order is a lot more damaging than the punishment handed out to a reporter.

The leftist media demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed. The loudest voice demanding a special prosecutor was the New York Times. The times knew who the leaker was... But must have felt that the Special Prosecutor would do what others have done.. and try to take down the administration. They thought they would get a Ken Starr who would make a stink that would embarrass the administration.

But the special prosecutor is most likely going to destroy the leaker's career by turning him or her into a convicted felon.

That will prove that the media can't protect leaker's and that leaker's can become convicted felons if they leak and do not confess.

This reality is a disaster for the media and they are trying to make the President and Karl Rove pay for making it very dangerous for leakers to trust the media. And impossible for the media to refuse to hand over information the media organization has in its possession.

This special prosecutor is going after both the reporters and the corporations for whom they work.

13 posted on 07/03/2005 4:05:41 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: dc-zoo

Calling Lawrence O'D a "Dirty Liar" is being unfair and demeaning to all Dirty Liars. If he spent the next 10 years apologizing to the SBVFT, he might be elevated to the position of "Dirty Liar". JMHO.


14 posted on 07/03/2005 4:21:33 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: azhenfud
The courts are forcing information to be handed over - if it had been anyone but a Republican, erso Rove, the secret would have remained buried as deep as Deep Throat.

I would usually agree, but this is a little different in the dynamics. The Dims made such a ruckus over this as an opportunity to hurt Bush, that the MSM was only too happy to spread it far and wide. It eventually hit the Federal Courts and then got a life of its own. I believe there is a good possibility that the Dims have inadvertantly put themselves in an awkward place. If it had been a republican, especially someone close to Bush, I think it would have leaked out early on and the case would be moot. The fact that it is taking so long to come to light seems to indicate it was a Dim who did it.

15 posted on 07/03/2005 4:34:27 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: bookworm100

Big deal that Rove's name was within Cooper's notes ..

I'm sure there were alot of names in Cooper's notes and papers

Cooper is a ultra Lib and he would not put his life on the line and face jail time for Karl Rove


16 posted on 07/03/2005 4:43:48 AM PDT by Mo1 (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won ~~~ President G.W. Bush)
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To: Bushbacker1

"-- I'm not sure, but I don't think President Bush can run again. --"

Ah, but you forgot. According to the DUMmies, hes was "selected, not elected" once, so maybe he SHOULD run for another term....


17 posted on 07/03/2005 5:35:31 AM PDT by MainFrame65
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To: bookworm100

Lawrence O'Donnell is truly insane.


18 posted on 07/03/2005 5:42:57 AM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: Loud Mime
Perhaps. . .but given that Time caved early and the usually defiant "reporters" evaded the obligatory go to jail step when protecting sources. . .essentially, Time and sissy reporters gave up without the usual histrionics and wailing about the First Amendment. . this leads me to think the source was not Democrat, for if the source was a rat then I am sure Time would now be a fortress ready to protect the reporter and the "right" of confidentiality of sources.

I simply can't see Time caving if the source was a rat. . .I simply can't see it. Now, this is not to say nor in anyway imply the source was anyone connected with the White House, let alone Rove, as they don't play that game. I think it was Novak. Perhaps intentionally, but perhaps unintentionally.

We shall see.
19 posted on 07/03/2005 6:07:20 AM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Common Tator
The special prosecutor is most likely going to destroy the leaker's career by turning him or her into a convicted felon. That will prove that the media can't protect leaker's and that leaker's can become convicted felons if they leak and do not confess. This reality is a disaster for the media ...

Great Post.

I think I missed the distinction between a reporter revealing a covert identity by publishing it (usually not punishable unless great damage is done) and an official leaking classified information.

Undue praise of Deep Throat notwithstanding, leaking is a serious crime. And despite the proper role of the press to shed light on government, it must adhere to the rule of law as well, in this case carrying out direct court orders to cooperate with an investigation into above-mentioned crime. Special protections for the press would lead to bizarre immunities.

20 posted on 07/03/2005 6:44:31 AM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Bushbacker1
Nixon couldn't run in '76 either, but that didn't stop them.

This is about payback - payback for defeats (and all liberal defeats are UNDESERVED, because they are good people, as opposed to us) and therefore who can or cannot run again is irrelevant. Destroying the people who masterminded their defeats is people's justice and too long delayed. EVERYTHING that Karl Rove has done in any campaign he has ever worked in is a dirty trick and must be avenged!

Over on DU they have photoshopped a picture of Rove being hauled off to jail by two burly cops, his arms pinioned behind his back. No they say, the picture is wrong! It is further photoshopped and now shows Rove wetting his pants.

Another picture I saw a few days ago showed Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice etc. as defendants at Nuremburg.

This is what the DUmmies and the liberals crave. Not just the political defeat of their opponents, but their total destruction and humiliation.

The DUmmies call Rove a traitor in wartime and suggest his execution, and how often do you hear liberals calling for anyone's execution?

Now the DUmmies are suggesting (read hoping) that Bolton can be tied to the leak and also imprisoned.

They are jonesing for revenge, and just winning in 2006 and/or 2008 isn't nearly enough to satisfy them.
21 posted on 07/03/2005 7:08:26 AM PDT by Cheburashka
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To: bookworm100

These lib reporters can claim that any number of "administration officials" told them about Plame.

How can it be disproved.

I suppose THAT is why Time Mag is releasing the July, 2003 notes of Matt Cooper. Time wants to show who was responsible for the 'leak'.

But that too does not prove that any particular person is to blame.

As a reporter myself, I often scribble my own thoughts and suppositions on my reporters notebook while interviewing a subject. That enables me to cobble my thoughts together while writing the story at a later time.


22 posted on 07/03/2005 7:14:59 AM PDT by Edit35
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

That's very true. I'm a proud contributor to the Swift Boat Vets For Truth.


23 posted on 07/03/2005 9:04:26 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Cheburashka

WOW! you are quoting the DUmmies and having a knee jerk reaction about what these idiots are saying. These insanely delusional kooks have had millions of wet dreams in the last 4 1/2 years about getting President Bush, his policies, and his administration but it have all ended up crashing in the wall of very bitter reality, which is their utter and continuous defeat. This time is no different.


24 posted on 07/03/2005 10:10:49 AM PDT by jveritas (The left cannot win a national election ever again.)
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