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Rove Told Reporter About CIA Role But Gave No Name, Attorney Says
The Washington Post ^ | Monday, July 11, 2005 | Josh White

Posted on 07/10/2005 7:55:29 PM PDT by kristinn

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove's lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.

Rove had a short conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper on July 11, 2003, three days before Robert D. Novak publicly exposed Plame in a column about her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV.

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Luskin said yesterday that Rove did not know Plame's name and was not actively trying to push the information into the public realm.

Instead, Luskin said, Rove discussed the matter -- under the cloak of secrecy -- with Cooper at the tail end of a conversation about a different issue. Cooper had called Rove to discuss other matters on a Friday before deadline, and the topic of Wilson came up briefly. Luskin said Cooper raised the question.

"Rove did not mention her name to Cooper," Luskin said. "This was not an effort to encourage Time to disclose her identity. What he was doing was discouraging Time from perpetuating some statements that had been made publicly and weren't true." SNIP

After the investigation into the leak began, Luskin said, Rove signed a waiver in December 2003 or January 2004 authorizing prosecutors to speak to any reporters Rove had previously engaged in discussion, which included Cooper and anyone else.

"His written waiver included the world," Luskin said. "It was intended to be a global waiver. . . . He wants to make sure that the special prosecutor has everyone's evidence. That reflects someone who has nothing to hide."

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cialeak; karlrove

1 posted on 07/10/2005 7:55:30 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

The "name" thing is not the issue. It's if he KNEW she was a covert agent and purposely released her name. It doesn't even appear she was covert. Rusty, next case...


2 posted on 07/10/2005 8:00:15 PM PDT by NathanBookman
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To: kristinn

Well............over at DU this is the smoking gun. More like the 39th smoking gun to get Bush impeached. Jeez!


3 posted on 07/10/2005 8:00:44 PM PDT by Chuck54 (Someone please ping me when Barak Obama utters an original thought.)
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To: kristinn
John Kerry's campiagn gave Joe WIlson a website and called it www.RestoreHonesty.com. Well "Restore Honesty" didn't last till Electon Day because Joe Wilson had been so throughly discredited. Kerry's people pulled the site in the middle of the election. Even today, if you pull up www.restorehonesty.com, all you get is a redirect to JohnKerry.com.

There was no crime, Wilson has been discredited, a CIA employee has been caught freelancing and an NYT reporter is in jail. All in all, justice has been served.

All that remains to be done is to frog-march Joe WIlson to his credit union so that he can make a withdrawl to reimburse the American taxpayer for the massive costs of a politically motivated investigation.

4 posted on 07/10/2005 8:02:07 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Support Our Troops, Spit On A Liberal Reporter)
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To: kristinn
"Nothing in the Cooper e-mail suggests that Rove used Plame's name or knew she was a covert operative."

Key phrase to no crime being committed.
5 posted on 07/10/2005 8:05:21 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: tobyhill

It looks like Fitzgerald just wanted to make sure Cooper's version of events square with Rove's testimony to the grand jury. Of course, even if no crime was committed, a Supreme Court appointment ain't the best time for this to come out.


6 posted on 07/10/2005 8:12:45 PM PDT by jimboster (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me)
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To: Doctor Raoul
Rove released the reporter from confidentiality 18 months ago. The reporter took in on himself not to testify even thought he had Rove's permission. Therefore, for the last 18 months we have had a witch hunt with the Media going after Rove and President Bush. It is my contention the reporter would not testify even with Rove's blessings because by not testifying it would damage the Bush administration and Karl Rove in particular.
7 posted on 07/10/2005 8:30:09 PM PDT by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Rough Neck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast (Oil Field Trash was FUN))
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To: cpdiii

So doesnt this make Larry O'Clownell's comments last week outright liberal dementia?


8 posted on 07/10/2005 8:33:47 PM PDT by Cougar66
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To: kristinn

I didn't know Rove is Deputy Chief of Staff. I thought he was just a political advisor.


9 posted on 07/10/2005 8:37:55 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Cougar66

Seems it should O'Donnell on the spot...espicailly if it wasn't told to him by Cooper.
What did Larry know and when did he know it and who told hin ?


10 posted on 07/10/2005 8:39:02 PM PDT by stylin19a (Suicide bomber ??? "I came to the wrong jihad")
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To: cpdiii

So what has changed? Why would Cooper now agree to testify? I don't get it.


11 posted on 07/10/2005 8:49:47 PM PDT by huck von finn
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To: Chuck54
Well............over at DU this is the smoking gun. More like the 39th smoking gun to get Bush impeached. Jeez!

They have more smoking guns over at DU than the local armory. Thankfully, all the guns over at DU are non-functional.

12 posted on 07/10/2005 8:52:03 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: huck von finn

"So what has changed? Why would Cooper now agree to testify? I don't get it."

He does not want to go to jail, and they got 18 months of bad press against Bush out of this.


13 posted on 07/10/2005 8:53:20 PM PDT by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Rough Neck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast (Oil Field Trash was FUN))
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To: Cougar66
So doesnt this make Larry O'Clownell's comments last week outright liberal dementia?

I think ol' Larry slipped from the moorings of sanity sometime during the last election cycle.

14 posted on 07/10/2005 8:54:11 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: kristinn

GREAT Sunday night post, Kristinn...Tanks!


15 posted on 07/10/2005 8:58:50 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: petitfour

Here's the Google search on Rove's promotion:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-32,GGLD:en&q=Rove+Deputy+Chief+of+Staff


16 posted on 07/10/2005 9:12:22 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: kristinn
I keep reading this, and I hope I'm not letting my own "agenda" cloud my judgement, but.................

the more I read, the more it sounds like Joe Wilson might be Fitzgerald's target for perjury charges.

Wilson couldn't be prosecuted for his outrageous public accusations against Rove, but if he repeated them under oath, Fitzgerald would have known months ago that Wilson's allegations, (which spawned the entire investigation), were lies.

17 posted on 07/10/2005 9:14:57 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@Read All About It.com)
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To: ntnychik

Thanks. I should have looked it up myself. I'm sure I read about the promotion when it happened. It just did not stick in my computer.


18 posted on 07/10/2005 9:22:37 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: YaYa123; kristinn; Mo1; cyncooper; kcvl; Shermy

So, Rove warns Cooper not to believe Wilson, mentioning that the CIA was involved, blah blah blah.

Cooper leaps to the conclusion that it's Valerie.

What this tells me is that Cooper KNEW Plame was CIA.........ROFLMAO. And, of course, that means the whole town ALREADY knew it!


19 posted on 07/10/2005 10:58:01 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Andrea Mitchell admits on MSNBC, it was already common knowledge Planme worked for CIA.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/ ^

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1440201/posts


20 posted on 07/10/2005 11:00:23 PM PDT by Mo1 (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won ~~~ President G.W. Bush)
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To: Mo1

"Rove had a short conversation with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper on July 11, 2003, three days before Robert D. Novak publicly exposed Plame in a column about her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV. "

HELP!!!! Why is Cooper being asked to testify if Novak wrote the article? My question still is, "Where did NOvak get the name?" That is the crime here.



21 posted on 07/11/2005 1:10:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: kristinn

...this is big news?

I don’t understand why this is such a big story right now. People are dieing in terrorist attacks all over the world this week alone: London 52(?), Turkey 20, Afghanistan (?), and Iraq (?)… Terrorists are killing people all over the world from Russia to Indonesia, yet you wouldn’t know it because the Main Stream Media sanitizes our news…

Nothing to see, keep moving, no problems, nothing to see…

Holtz
JeffersonRepublic.com


22 posted on 07/11/2005 6:15:16 PM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (Visit the Jefferson Republic for a conservative news portal.)
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