Was Karl Rove The Leaker?

The New York Times October 16, 2004 (available on lexis.com)

President Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, testified on Friday to a federal grand jury investigating whether it was anyone at the White House who had illegally disclosed the name of a C.I.A. undercover officer to a newspaper columnist, a lawyer for Mr. Rove said. ''He answered fully and truthfully every one of their questions,'' the lawyer, Robert Luskin, said.

Mr. Luskin added that Mr. Rove, who testified for more than two hours, did not seek to avoid answering any question on legal grounds.

NewsAmerica Now reports that MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell says Rove was the Plame leaker. Daily Kos has the transcript [hat tip America Blog]:

"What we're going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper's emails-within Time Magazine, uh, are handed over to the grand jury is the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is. And I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of-for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time Magazine's going to do with the grand jury."

TalkLeft questioned Rove's truthfulness, quoting American Prospect, in 2004:

Rove also adamantly insisted to the FBI that he was not the administration official who leaked the information that Plame was a covert CIA operative to conservative columnist Robert Novak last July. Rather, Rove insisted, he had only circulated information about Plame after it had appeared in Novak's column. He also told the FBI, the same sources said, that circulating the information was a legitimate means to counter what he claimed was politically motivated criticism of the Bush administration by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Can anyone spell Perjury? Mr. Luskin may have his work cut out for him now. Here's why.

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  • Re: Was Karl Rove The Leaker? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:46 PM EST
    It's long past time that a member of this gang was done in by his own hubris...and what better person to be the first than Rove.