Skip to comments.The real Rove scandal: If you can't shoot the messenger, take aim at his wife.
Posted on 07/12/2005 3:31:58 PM PDT by Crackingham
That clearly was the intent of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove in leaking to a reporter that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent. To try to conceal the fact that the president had lied to the American public about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, Rove attempted to destroy the credibility of two national security veterans and send an intimidating message to any other government officials preparing to publicly tell the truth.
Rove's lawyer now says that Rove didn't break the law against naming covert agents because he didn't know Plame's name and therefore couldn't have revealed it. Perhaps he can use such a technicality in court, but in the meantime he should resign immediately or be fired by the president for leaking classified information, trying to smear Wilson and possibly endangering Plame's life.
"The White House promised if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "I trust they will follow through on this pledge."
The background on this story is crucial. Ambassador Wilson had been honored as a patriot by President George H.W. Bush for standing up to Saddam Hussein in a face-to-face confrontation in Baghdad on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. But in 2003, Wilson committed an unpardonable crime in the eyes of the second Bush White House. He exposed its lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Aha! Trust the LATime to cut right to the heart of the matter.
There are so many errors of fact in this piece one simply doesn't know where to begin.
OKay, you know what Robert Sheer is, don't ya?
These people (liberals) are more phuqed up than a soup sandwich. Unreal. It does'nt take much to send them off after the geese, huh?
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Kucinich, Dennis J
Did Michael Moore write this?
A guy that once wrote an entire book extolling the virtues of North Korea's government.
He is a supporter of the head moonbat....:-)
The original Malibu Marxist adds his quota of smog.
So many lies, so little time. Isn't that always the case when dealing with these people?
Brit Hume just said Plame was the one who notified Joe Wilson that he was assigned the trip to Niger. She started with "There's this crazy report (about Saddam wanting to buy uranium from Niger)." Wilson's attorney also denied that Wilson's wife involved in the sending of Joe to Niger...even though a CIA agent testified to that and there is a email from Plame recommending that her husband should be assigned to go.
Also on Fox tonight, John Gibson recommended that Rove be given a medal for exposing a CIA agent (Plame) who knows her husbands thoughts on the war has the CIA send her husband on such a critical mission. Who was trying to harm national security???? "There's this crazy report...", nope, no bias there.
The media is spinning this real hard. And I believe they are going to get burned....big time!
The rats are about to look very silly, consider the following:
IT WAS JUST REPORTED ON FOX CABLE NEWS THAT HER NAME WAS ON HER HUSBAND'S WEBSITE AND HE ID'ED HER THERE AS WORKING FOR THE CIA, THIS BEFORE ROVE SPOKE WITH THE REPORTER(S).
AND IF ROVE DIDN"T GET THE INFO FROM A CLASSIFIED SOURCE BUT FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE (HER HUSBANDS WEBSITE)THERE IS NO VIOLATION OF THE LAW.
sorry for the caps but I feel like yelling this...lol
Rove's lawyer now says that Rove didn't break the law against naming covert agents because he didn't know Plame's name and therefore couldn't have revealed it.
It doesn't matter anyway. Her status had been lowered so much, the law didn't cover for her. She was no longer "covert." I could have screamed her name and CIA status from a roof top and there would be nothing anyone could do about it.
This story will die like all the others. It's another left wing hate fest and non-event.
This is the new "Demogate" scandal. They just can't help themselves.
Where's the barf alert?
This guy should get a new career in fiction, It's obvious he doesn't know the facts of this case
translation: "If you're a reporter whose wife is a DemoncRAT operative (Mandy "Moustache" Grunwald) and you're determined to do all you can to damage the Bush Administration, seek cover from your fellow journalists and LIE, LIE, LIE!"
The background on this story is crucial. Ambassador Wilson had been honored as a patriot by President George H.W. Bush for standing up to Saddam Hussein in a face-to-face confrontation in Baghdad on the eve of the Persian Gulf War. But in 2003, Wilson committed an unpardonable crime in the eyes of the second Bush White House. He exposed its lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. In 16 now infamous words in Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech, the president desperate to gain support for an invasion he was dead set on initiating tried to scare Americans into believing Iraq was close to making nuclear weapons. "The British government," he told the nation, "has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." But the key documents that the claim was based on had already been proved to be fakes, and other intelligence reports along these lines were extremely speculative. In fact, it was a CIA-organized mission by Wilson to the African country of Niger (where he had served as ambassador) that determined the reports were false. Wilson was therefore shocked to hear the uranium claims in the president's speech. When he exposed the chicanery in a New York Times commentary, Wilson became a prime target for a White House smear job.
The FACTS, as told by the Washington Post, from the Senate Intelligence Committee Report:
Wilson's assertions -- both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information -- were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report.
The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.
Yesterday's report said that whether Iraq sought to buy lightly enriched "yellowcake" uranium from Niger is one of the few bits of prewar intelligence that remains an open question. Much of the rest of the intelligence suggesting a buildup of weapons of mass destruction was unfounded, the report said.
The report turns a harsh spotlight on what Wilson has said about his role in gathering prewar intelligence, most pointedly by asserting that his wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, recommended him.
This is absolutely amazing just for it's blatant lies.
LOL. Kucinich, Dennis.
This hit piece author leans so far to the left, he probably falls out of his chair every time he sits down to make up a news story!
The Libs conspiracy theories (i.e. Son's of Watergate) always sound great...until the actual facts come out!!!
I read this stuff and I wonder how this crap gets past the Editor. This article isn't worthy of DU, much less a national newspaper
Question is, why in the world did Dick Cheney send this Wilson guy to Niger in the first place? Why did they need anything HE would come up with?
Thank you! I just didn't have the patience!
It was only sex,....er, talk...every Chief of Staff did it, even Lincoln's COS....it's not impeachable....
If you don't believe it, I have over 400 historians ready, willing and able to take out an add in NYT to convince you.
W should tell everyone to STFU and if they don't like it, they don't have to vote for him in '08. Better yet, W can pre-pardon him (ala Slick Willie) in case the next administration gets vengeful....
He's donated twice to Kucinich? The guy is a retard squared....
You know what, that info is a great idea. Just like CNBC requires any guests to disclose if they have a relationship with the company in question, each Reporter should be required to list their donations to political parties at the beginning of each article.
I knew it would be Wilson.
Howlin! Ping! Let's dance!!!
Well, you notice I didn't go any further than that.
Even their moon-batty theories go beyond this time!
Have you SEEN Kerry's face today?????
Robert Scheer should resign or be fired for being a complete idiot.
You mean the "wife" sent the "messenger" to Africa as a political setup in the first place?
Have you seen the clip of John Kerry expressing his outrage.... ROFLMAO, What a poser that idiot is, he can't even give a convincing "Outrage" press conference. Kerry is more boring than watching grass grow
This "journalist" misses entirely what happened. Wilson's wife sent him to Niger. Rove was asked who sent him to Niger. How do you extrapolate from this that Rove was "after" Wilson's wife? Sheese, these guys are so far gone in hate-Rove fantasyland, that they'll propose anything.
Oh my.....ain't we got fun?
Scheer has had an interesting career in journalism. He started at the radical left publication Ramparts in the 60s, then become a national correspondent for the L.A. Times for 17 years. For the past eight, he has been a columnist whose work appears weekly in the Times and papers across the country. He also co-hosts a radio show on an affiliate of National Public Radio in Los Angeles and writes for publications like The Nation. Throughout his career, Scheer has been one of America's leading liberal pundits, reliably bashing Republicans and many conservative Democrats. Dissemble, spin, repeat
An overview of Scheer's writing reveals that one of his favorite tactics is to create a politically potent trope and repeat it over and over until it seems true. When faced with criticism, Scheer simply dismisses his critics without addressing their arguments and continues to repeat his idea, as if the more he says it, the truer it becomes.
Scheer Deception: The Lies and Jargon of Robert Scheer
By Ben Fritz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 8, 2001
I saw that; and I saw "The Nodder" right next to him, not saying anything, but acting like she agreed. Plausible denial.
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