Rove says he didn’t reveal Plame’s name? That’s your analysis, Karl.
Karl Rove was the one who outed what’s-her-name, that woman, uno who, but maybe he’ll wind up getting away with it. As Michael Isikoff reports in Newsweek, Rove (left) outed Valerie Plame to Time‘s Matt Cooper—although not by name. But Isikoff, as usual, got played. Here’s what he writes:
Isikoff points out that Cooper wrote this e-mail before Bob Novak outed Valerie Plame by name as a CIA operative. But Isikoff also writes:
It’s pretty clear by now that Rove has been extremely careful not to use her name, but from what Isikoff writes, it’s not at all clear that Rove didn’t know Plame was a covert operative.
What did Rove tell the grand jury? That’s the question.
Salon‘s Tim Grieve, whose must-read War Room dispatches connect the dots succinctly, writes this morning:
Maybe that was technically correct, but it’s now clear that it was something less than the whole truth. As Newsweek is reporting, Karl Rove may not have referred to Plame by name when he spoke with Time‘s Matthew Cooper on July 11, 2003. But the e-mail messages Time has turned over to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald show that, in a phone call with Cooper that day, Rove tried to discredit Joseph Wilson‘s conclusion that Iraq hadn’t tried to buy uranium from Niger by claiming that Wilson had been assigned to look into the Iraq-Niger connection not by the vice president or by the director of the CIA but by Wilson’s wife. And Wilson’s wife, Rove told Cooper, was a CIA analyst working on WMD issues.
Yes, Rove outed her. Or did he? More from Grieve:
Grieve aptly points out that federal law prohibits intentionally disclosing “any information identifying” a covert operative. So Rove broke the law, right? Unless he insists he didn’t know she was a covert CIA agent. But how did he know Wilson’s wife even worked for the CIA? After all, she was undercover.
Your honor, we’d like to recall George Tenet. Maybe Tenet got his Medal of Freedom last December from George W. Bush for telling Rove that Wilson’s wife was a covert CIA operative.