Text of Karl Rove's Waiver to Cooper
Here is the text of Karl Rove's waiver to Matt Cooper, dated July 6, 2005. Luskin is correct that all it does is affirm that the prior general waiver Rove is valid. Cooper's lawyer is correct that it specifically states the waiver applies to Cooper. But it is not a new waiver, it's the same old waiver.
July 6, 2005
Dear Mr. Luskin:
This is to confirm our telephone conversation of this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. You have consulted with your client, Karl Rove, who has authorized you to represent to me and to my client, Matthew Cooper, the following statement: Consistent with his written waiver of confidentiality he previously executed, Mr. Rove affirms his waiver of any claim of confidentiality he may have concerning any conversation he may have had with Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine during the month of July, 2003.
When you receive a copy of this letter, please initial and fax back to me at your earliest convenience.
It seems to me Matthew Cooper was being a bit hyperbolic when he talked about receiving,
"in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.
It really just affirms he had been freed long before.
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