Skip to comments.INSIDE POLITICS---CNN Transcript Isikoff/Crowley
Posted on 07/11/2005 4:06:17 PM PDT by hipaatwo
CROWLEY: In the latest ease additions of Newsweek, reporter Michael Isikoff quotes attorneys who say that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was a source for TIME magazine reporter Matt Cooper. Cooper, of course, is at the center of the grand jury investigation involving the leak of a CIA employee's identity.
So a couple of things about this story. First, what we do know at this point about Rove's relationship to this leak?
MICHAEL ISIKOFF, REPORTER, NEWSWEEK: I should say, we did more than quote attorneys. What we did is we obtained an internal TIME magazine e-mail that Matt Cooper wrote to his bureau chief, Michael Duffy, immediately after talking to Karl Rove on July 11th, that's before the Novak column, in which he says: "Double super-secret background, not to be attributed to the White House or Rove, but Rove gave me a big warning about some of what Joe Wilson has been saying. He wasn't sent to Niger by George Tenet or Vice President Cheney, it was Wilson's wife who apparently works at the agency on WMD issues who authorized the trip." That's the quote from Matt Cooper to his editor right after talking to Karl Rove.
What that tells us is that Karl Rove did indeed discuss Joe Wilson, Joe Wilson's wife, Joe Wilson's wife's employment with a reporter, Matt Cooper, prior to the Robert Novak column. That would seem to conflict with many of the White House public statements at the time, and certainly some of what Karl Rove's lawyer had been saying publicly up until we got hold of this e-mail.
It doesn't answer underlying questions here. For one thing, as many people have pointed out, and we pointed out, Karl Rove doesn't identify Valerie Plame by name, so that's an important distinction.
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ISIKOFF: But the problem that people in the White House, Rove among them, may have is how did they know that Valerie Plame, or Wilson's wife worked at the CIA? What we do know is there was a classified State Department report that said this, that was taken by Secretary of State Powell with him on the trip to Africa that President Bush was then on, and many senior White House aides were on.
That classified State Department report appears to have been -- or may well have been the source for the information that Rove and others were then dishing out to reporters. And if that's the case, there still may be -- we don't know yet, but there still may be an instance where classified information was provided to reporters.
No problem that Wilson himself was disclosing this stuff piece-meal, of course, or that he's a LYING SCUMBAG.
It's going to be all Rove all the time all summer. The same kind of people who thought Ellsberg was a hero for leaking REAL classified information will be outraged -- outraged -- at this most trivial of leaks, if it even qualifies as a leak, which has not been established. Still, you wonder why Rove would even talk to a guy like Cooper, who is after all married to noted Clintonista Mandy Grunwald. Why ever? Our side will never ever learn about the MSM, if they get burned a million times.
Rove isn't going anywhere. This is all BS.
Speedy!!! Nice to FReep you! Want a soft pretzel? LOL
If the prosecutor ends up with nothing, then what will the Dems do. I guess smear the prosecutor.
Wilson goes to the DNC/MSM and tells bald faced lies about that classified report.
So the Administration has to defend itself by saying the report did indeed show Saddam was trying to buy yellow cake.
So now the DNC/MSM is going to shift the focus to say that a classified document was disclosed to the media, as if that has ever bothered them when the document is used against the President.
You know I have avoided saying this but I do believe President should just cut off the media especially the one which just spin the information.
On the guest list of the 1999 state dinner hosted by President Clinton for President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, no occupation was listed for Valerie Wilson, the wife of Joseph C. Wilson IV, Clinton's top White House Africa analyst from 1997 to 1998.
Wow! Do you still have that article? Maybe repost it.
Isikoff may have wet his pants again.
Hiya hipaa -- yeah, that soft pretzel sounds pretty good, direct from Wawa. I'll supply the mustard and the Black Cherry Wishniak. Yes, if there is nothing to prosecute, Fitzgerald will be slandered. Why did Bush even go along with this business? Special prosecutors are always self-perpetuating and always feel obligated to extend their jobs on for years and years.
Please correct me if Im wrong...does the SP have to tell the *target*(of the investigation)that he is the target.....I remember reading a long time ago that he does.
Wow, I'm impressed. What investigative skills this must have involved. /sarcasm. What a bunch of self-important tools. I'm looking forward to their big disappointment in this matter (as well as three more years of their bunched panties)...
May be nothing. But if this is true, some pretty shoddy handling by the W.H. of this whole matter. I told everyone long ago that it was a big mistake for Bush to have ever named someone to investigate this trivial matter. All he did was give the press a golden opportunity to create a scandal out of nothing.
That classified State Department report appears to have been-- or may well have been the source for the information that Rove and others were then dishing out to reporters. And if that's the case, there still may be -- we don't know yet, but there still may be an instance where classified information was provided to reporters.
Since Isikoff knows darned well that it only appears to be what all the dadblasted 'journalists' and drooling Dims want it to be, why not just conjure up a bit of magic, sleight of words, if you will, get the verbal fog machine going and by golly, you've got Rove in handcuffs before the end of the first act! (pssst! Don't leave during intermission. The second act is called 'Impeachment' and they're taking the show on the road.)
Can't have a soft pretzel without water ice.
I don't know why the president went to a special prosecutor. I wasn't a political junkie back then. I don't think Rove is guilty. Hell, look what Sandy Berger did and he got slapped on the wrist and the press is mum about that issue. I guess it's not important because it's only national security and he was in the Clinton administration.
BTW, Isikoff is playing the wordsmith here with his smarmy lines about Rove.
I fart in Isikoff's general direction.
don't be shocked to see Rove out of there by Labor Day, and the RATSs with their SCANDAL for 2006 and beyond. The press will make sure this explodes.
" ....CIA brought Plame and others back to Washington .... Aldrich Aimes had disclosed their identities to the Russians before his arrest in 1994."
Isn't there a only a five year period after covert operations that exposing the agent's role and identify is in effect ... after that they're no longer covered by the law that is being prosecuted here? If she came back in '94, and the ID was revealed in '02, or '03, what's the crime ?
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