Tuesday, July 19, 2005

How cooked is he?

From American Prospect:

White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper during Rove’s first interview with the FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

Then there's the Wall Street Journal on the State Department Memo:

A classified State Department memo that may be pivotal to the CIA leak case made clear that information identifying an agent and her role in her husband's intelligence-gathering mission was sensitive and shouldn't be shared, according to a person familiar with the document.

A special prosecutor is investigating whether Bush administration officials broke the law by intentionally outing a covert intelligence operative. Investigators are trying to determine if the memo, dated June 10, 2003, was how White House officials learned that Valerie Wilson was an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency.


The memo's details are significant because they will make it harder for officials who saw the document to claim that they didn't realize the identity of the CIA officer was a sensitive matter. Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, may also be looking at whether other crimes -- such as perjury, obstruction of justice or leaking classified information -- were committed.


At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Ace said...

I think there is another aspect to this story that has not been covered.

Who is the source that Judith Miller is protecting to the point that she is serving time in jail?

Forget for a moment if you think she ought to be in jail or not; she's there because she ran out of courts to hear her appeals. So she is in jail because she chooses to keep the confidence of a source of info. she can walk out of jail in a minute if she agrees to testify truthfully about this matter without the permission of her source of information OR if the source were to give her a release from her obligation, she could reveal that to the grand jury and be home for dinner tomorrow.

I think it is clear that her source is not "The Leaker". If that were the case, she would have written that story and outed him/her; after all, that's what she was out to discover, right?

So, someone else is her source AND that someone else has some interest here that is sufficiently large for him/her to maintain that he/she does not want Miller to reveal his/her name. And without that "release", Miller is doing time in jail for her principles.

So, who is the source? And is he/she REALLY worth going to jail for?

I have a theory who the source is, but have no way to prove it - - so I'll leave it at that.


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