10 July 2005


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top White House
advisor Karl Rove was one of the secret
sources that spoke to reporters about a
covert CIA operative whose identity was
leaked to the media, Newsweek magazine
reported in its latest edition.

The magazine said Rove's lawyer,
Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove talked
to Time magazine about former ambassador
Joseph Wilson and his wife, CIA agent
Valerie Plame.

Luskin said Rove recently gave Time
magazine reporter Matt Cooper permission
to testify about the conversation to a grand
jury investigating the leak in 2003, according
to Newsweek.

Read the rest here.

Now that Newsweek has confirmed something that
everyone in Washington already knows, do you
think reporters will finally have enough guts to
ask the White House Press Secretary a few
questions on the subject?

The folks over at Salon would like to see them
return to these statements McClellan made back
in October 2003:

Q: Scott, earlier this week you told us
that neither Karl Rove, Elliot Abrams
nor Lewis Libby disclosed any classified
information with regard to the leak.
I wondered if you could tell us more
specifically whether any of them told
any reporter that Valerie Plame worked
for the CIA?

MR. McCLELLAN: Those individuals --
I talked -- I spoke with those individuals,
as I pointed out, and those individuals
assured me they were not involved in this.
And that's where it stands.

Q: So none of them told any reporter
that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?

MR. McCLELLAN: They assured me that
they were not involved in this.

As that great political sage, Ricky Ricardo
often said:

Lucy! You’ve got some ‘splaining to do!