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White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove

Think Progress reports that on Air Force One today, no one asked Scott McClellan about whether Karl Rove was the source of the Valerie Plame Leak.

Arianna reports buzz along the same line at the Aspen Institute.

The Washington Post reports:

In an interview yesterday, [Rove attorney Robert Luskin] said Rove was not the source who called Cooper yesterday morning and personally waived the confidentiality agreement. "Karl has not asked anybody to treat him as a confidential source with regard to this story," Luskin said.

Raw Story has an audio clip from CNN's coverage of the Republican National Convention during which Karl Rove adamantly denies having outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. He says, "I didn't know her name and didn't leak her name."

So, did Rove tell Matthew Cooper that "Joseph Wilson's wife" worked for the CIA or that "Joseph Wilson's wife" was an undercover operative for the CIA? I'd bet Rove is saying the former and that he simply referred to her as "Joseph Wilson's wife" not as "Valerie Plame." Since the conversation allegedly took place before Novak's column was published, it's plausible. But...I still think Fitzgerald is moving on from disclosure of Plame's identity to trying to prove a conspiracy among top White House officials to obstruct justice and this doesn't let Rove off the hook on that one.

The key may be the alleged meeting by Cheney's top staff members described in this USA Today article from April, 2004, which Cheneys' office told Vanity Fair never occurred.

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  • Re: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove (none / 0) (#1)
    by jarober on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:55 PM EST
    I suspect that - unlike TL and Atrios and Kos, they aren't wearing tinfoil hats. If you have been reading today's coverage, it looks like the information on Plame was flowing the other way - i.e., reporter to administration figures. But go ahead, keep making fools of yourselves. In the meantime, ask yourself why the Times and Time magazine would have sat on that information prior to the election, given how eager they were to jump on the faked memo story. If their source was Rove, that info would have been published in the fall of 2004, prior to the election

    Re: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove (none / 0) (#2)
    by glanton on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:56 PM EST
    "I suspect that - unlike TL and Atrios and Kos, they aren't wearing tinfoil hats." Actually what they are is apologists and lackeys. Have been since the bastard took office in 2001. I watch those things sometimes. What a joke. Why not just get it over with and let them issue a statement every day with no one in the room?

    Re: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove (none / 0) (#3)
    by Darryl Pearce on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:56 PM EST
    ask yourself why the Times and Time magazine would have sat on that information prior to the election, given how eager they were to jump on the faked memo story ...cuz, like, maybe there's a conspiracy muddying the waters with often contradictory information? ...inflammatory speculation? ...fear-mongering? ...war-mongering? ...imaginary conspiracies? ...exaggerated dangers?

    Re: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:56 PM EST
    Oh yeah, it's the "liberal media" at work. If this was occurring during a democratic administration, the media would be in frenzy already. Worthless lap dogs, our press.

    Re: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove (none / 0) (#5)
    by glanton on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:58 PM EST
    One word: Pravda