Skip to comments.Cooper Email Identifies Rove as "A" Source
Posted on 07/11/2005 5:13:46 AM PDT by harpu
That said, the disclosure that Mr. Bush's top political strategist discussed the CIA employment of Mr. Wilson's wife amounts to a political embarrassment for Mr. Rove and the White House. A presidential spokesman had previously given what appeared to be an unequivocal public assurance that Mr. Rove hadn't been involved in the disclosure of Ms. Plame as a CIA operative. Discovery that earlier denials may have been carefully parsed would represent another blow to the administration's credibility, compounding damage from the underlying issue that initially brought Mr. Wilson into the spotlight.
Mr. Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, last week denied that Mr. Rove had contacted Mr. Cooper last Wednesday, and said that when Mr. Rove spoke to Mr. Cooper two years ago, "Karl didn't disclose Valerie Plame's identification to anyone. That's not a technical statement. That's as practical and direct as I can make it." He also told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Rove had never asked any reporter to treat him as a confidential source in the matter, "so if Matt Cooper is going to jail to protect a source, it's not Karl he's protecting."
Yesterday, Mr. Luskin explained that Mr. Rove, like other White House officials, had signed a document provided by Mr. Fitzgerald in December 2003, allowing reporters to testify about conversations with him. On Wednesday, before Mr. Cooper was headed to court and a possible jail term, his attorney, Richard Sauber, called Mr. Luskin and asked for reassurance that the earlier waiver encompassed Mr. Rove's discussions with Mr. Cooper. If so, Mr. Sauber sought more express consent. Mr. Luskin checked with Mr. Fitzgerald as to whether more specific consent was necessary, and then gave that consent to Mr. Cooper, who said last week that he received the permission in "somewhat dramatic fashion."
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A source of what, though? He didn't tell him that she was a covert agent.
they're really trying hard, aren't they!
I'd guess it was an "OLD" personal friend of Wilson....in the CIA. If Wilson disclosed his "job" to Valerie on their third date, he's just not a "I can keep a secret" person.
One of these days the administration might wake up to the fact that you cannot trust any reporters.
are you kidding me?
As far as the agency goes that chick was the least "covert" officer walking the streets (and that is saying alot considering how overt the agency was during those years).
Don't even get me started on this.
Probably because she was not a covert agent.
This Grand Jury is going to go through the process, and nothing is going to come of it. It is just entertainment for the Silly Season. In October, the whole thing will go away and be forgotten by everyone except for the folks who keep a litany of injustices dating back to where Bush stole the election in Florida 2000.
No. Because he did not know she had been a covert agent.
What are you talking about, they have! This reporting makes the MSM look like absolute idiots and partisan hacks going after Rove for disclosing NOTHING!
First of all, have you checked the source to see if this report is even true? You have to do that with the MSM ya know! After all the BS they print and report (DR, Newsweek, and all the others) you have no choice but verify yourself, they are never to be trusted!
In fact I call for those in the know on FR to hold a seminar on how to check the authenticity of information in news reports...It should now be SOP around here.
Sorry, when a dizzy blond models herself on the cover of Vanity Fare and then the Democrats complain about her "identity" being revealed after she recommends her dizzier husband to go on a "mission" to Nigeria to discover the orgins of the yellow cake while drinking tea, (OMG! He didn't even know that the yellow cake was not the eating kind) I really care. What is worse, I lost all respect for the CIA. If sending Mr. Dizzy to Nigeria to come to the bottom of the missing yellow cake is the best they can do, that scares the heck out of me. Sheesh. And now the Dummcrats have to blast this CIA failure over and over again. Honestly!
Why is this even a story? This is less of a scandal than Whitewater.
Because the Dims have no other agenda, then to bring down the current administration to their level. They are constantly trying to nick the President with anything they can, truth be damned, because it has the possibility of doing what they cannot: Defeat the President.
Ah, but the ID of the real source and why he/she did what was done would be...
Wouldn't it, Ms. Miller?
The problem is that Valerie WAS INVOLVED in making the trip happen. In all reality, this is the connection that should not have been able to be made.
How about this....someone at the CIA, a Republican, was supposed to go to Nigeria. For whatever reason, Valerie INTERFERRED and Wilson wound up going and issuing a verbal report. As far as I remember, he did not make a written report and anything wriiten only appeared in our "prejudiced" media.
Why was there no written official report?
Well......I've been mostly quiet on this but while i think it's a tempest in a teapot, the media might not let this go.
Parsing whether Rove knew or did not know what Plame was (assuming she even was covert) might not be a defence. If the media frames the whole thing as "Rove outed CIA agent", it doesn't really matter if she was covert or not does it.
Rove has had the media by the b*lls for a long time and this looks alot like payback. If the public perception turns again him (Rove) then he most likely will resign. Is a Rove resignation a big deal at this point? (not really).
Oh well just my POV
Agreed. I was aware all the details you mentioned except the Republican spin. The CIA lost credibility by sending a moron like Mr. Dizzy. This whole caper is ludicrous and if I were the CIA I would put it to bed ASAP.
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