The Plame Leak InvestigationTime Line

According the Washington Post on October 12, 2003, Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald's focus was on the month before the Novak column:

In their interviews, FBI agents are asking questions about events going back to at least early June, the sources said. That indicates investigators are examining not just who passed the information to Novak and other reporters but also how Plame's name may have first become linked with Wilson and his mission, who did it and how the information made its way around the government.

Jump to right after the Novak column appeared:

After Novak's column appeared, several high-profile reporters told Wilson that they had received calls from White House officials drawing attention to his wife's role. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News said she received one of those calls.

Wilson said another reporter called him on July 21 and said he had just hung up with Bush's senior adviser, Karl Rove. The reporter quoted Rove as describing Wilson's wife as "fair game," Wilson said. Newsweek has identified that reporter as MSNBC television host Chris Matthews. Spokespeople said Matthews was unavailable for comment.

The White House response?

McClellan, the White House spokesman, has denied that Rove was involved in leaking classified material but has refused to discuss the possibility of a campaign to call attention to the revelations in Novak's column.

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    Re: The Plame Leak InvestigationTime Line (none / 0) (#1)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:49 PM EST
    When rational people ask "Who the hell did this, and why?" the Republicans respond "Well, it wasn't that bad." Am I the only one who thinks that seems kind of apples-and-oranges?

    Re: The Plame Leak InvestigationTime Line (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:49 PM EST
    Indict and prosecute the guy. He can afford representation. Let's have the courts decide whether a law was broken and whether this guy broke it. Jim can talk all he wants about whether Plame was covert or not, my guess is that Fitzpatrick has already made a determination about that. I think I will trust Fitz on that call. I suspect he's a better legal mind than Jim. And of course, how does Rove do this, if he did, and Dubya doesn't know a thing about it. Some words keep coming to mind... conspiracy, obstruction of justice, high crimes and misdemeanors. Are they above the law? Republican administrations after the time of Ike have pushed that question to the fore.