It's difficult to say at this point whether Karl Rove directly outed undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reports that "Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove had been interviewed by Cooper for the article. It is unclear, however, what passed between [Time Magazine reporter Mitchell Cooper] and Rove."
Whether or not Rove was among the first to out Ms. Plume, it's clear that once Novak had exposed her intelligence agency connection, Rove took action to spread the story. Again, from Isikoff: "Immediately after Novak's column appeared in July, Rove called MSNBC 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews and told him that Wilson's wife was 'fair game.'"
By which Rove meant "fair game for exposure and slander."
Fair game to discredit a CIA sponsored trip to Africa by Ms. Plame's husband--former ambassador and Bush White House critic Joseph Wilson--to investigate the administration's claim that the nation of Niger was arranging to sell uranium to Saddam Hussein.
The Team Bush assertions of a Niger-Hussein uranium connection have turned out to be false, and it's quite apparent that the powers that be were bound to use whatever means necessary--including commission of felony crimes--to ensure that Wilson's debunking of one of their prime pretexts for the invasion of Iraq got squelched.
If it turns out that Rove both leaked the info on Valerie Plame and lied about it to the special grand jury, I'll frankly be glad. His special brand of Orwellian propaganda and mass mind control is the most significant and dangerous blight on the political and cultural landscape of our nation that I have seen in my half-century of the American experience.
But more important than determining Rove's individual culpability in the Plame case is shedding light on the size and scope of the conspiracy within the administration to protect the hoax it had concocted to lead America into the invasion of Iraq.
I’m hoping that's what special prosecutor Fitzgerald is really looking to do. Funny how Fitzgerald--up to now castigated by the mainstream media for pressuring journalists to reveal their sources--may turn out to be the hero who unearthed the truth that the mainstream media itself failed to expose.
Happy Independence Day, everybody.