Waas: Novak Promised to Protect Rove in PlameGate
Update: Scroll to the bottom to see Rove Spokesperson Mark Corallo's response to Murray's article:
Murray Waas has a new article on the Valerie Plame leaks investigation, disclosing that federal agents became suspicious of Karl Rove and Bob Novak because of a telephone conversation in which Novak reached out to assure Rove he would protect him as his source. The conversation was on September 29, 2003, three days after it became public that the Justice Deparment was opening a criminal investigation into the leak.
Sources said that Ashcroft received a special briefing on the highly sensitive issue of the September 29 conversation between Novak and Rove because of the concerns of federal investigators that a well-known journalist might have been involved in an effort to not only protect a source but also work in tandem with the president's chief political adviser to stymie the FBI.
Murray reports that Rove disclosed the conversation to investigators and to the grand jury.
Waas further reports investigators were suspicious because Rove and Novak's versions of their July 9, 2003 telephone call were so similar.
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