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Rove makes page 1 of the Wash Post on Monday

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From Monday's Washington Post, page 1:

After the investigation into the leak began, Luskin said, Rove signed a waiver in December 2003 or January 2004 authorizing prosecutors to speak to any reporters Rove had previously engaged in discussion, which included Cooper and anyone else.

"His written waiver included the world," Luskin said. "It was intended to be a global waiver. . . . He wants to make sure that the special prosecutor has everyone's evidence. That reflects someone who has nothing to hide."
Really, your client just wanted to help and had nothing to hide? Then why are we finding out about this a year and a half, and a grand jury, later? Rather than sign the waiver, why didn't Rove just admit that he was the guy? I mean, that's downright bizarre - I have nothing to hide, so rather than admit the truth about what I did, I'm going to sign a waiver that permits you to INVESTIGATE in order to attempt to try to find out the truth of what I did. Wow, hell of a hero that Rove is.

And here's my other favorite part of the article:
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove's lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.
Oh, right. So when you said that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent, but you didn't mention her name, you figured that, what, you weren't outing her? Uh huh. Because in America men have, like, 80 wives.

Then there's this:
Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin... said yesterday that Rove did not know Plame's name and was not actively trying to push the information into the public realm.

Instead, Luskin said, Rove discussed the matter -- under the cloak of secrecy -- with Cooper at the tail end of a conversation about a different issue. Cooper had called Rove to discuss other matters on a Friday before deadline, and the topic of Wilson came up briefly. Luskin said Cooper raised the question.

"Rove did not mention her name to Cooper," Luskin said. "This was not an effort to encourage Time to disclose her identity. What he was doing was discouraging Time from perpetuating some statements that had been made publicly and weren't true."
Ah, right. So Rove outed Wilson's wife as a CIA agent to a reporter, without attribution, in order that TIME magazine NOT use the information he was secretly slipping them. Because, as we all know, the best way to get a reporter NOT to use secret information is to ACTUALLY GIVE THE SECRET INFORMATION TO THE REPORTER.


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