Skip to comments.Rove Told Reporter About CIA Role But Gave No Name, Attorney Says
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.
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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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...
Well............over at DU this is the smoking gun. More like the 39th smoking gun to get Bush impeached. Jeez!
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.
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.
So doesnt this make Larry O'Clownell's comments last week outright liberal dementia?
I didn't know Rove is Deputy Chief of Staff. I thought he was just a political advisor.
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 ?
So what has changed? Why would Cooper now agree to testify? I don't get it.
They have more smoking guns over at DU than the local armory. Thankfully, all the guns over at DU are non-functional.
"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.
I think ol' Larry slipped from the moorings of sanity sometime during the last election cycle.
GREAT Sunday night post, Kristinn...Tanks!
Here's the Google search on Rove's promotion:
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.
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.
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!
Andrea Mitchell admits on MSNBC, it was already common knowledge Planme worked for CIA.
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