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Washington Post Reporter Clears Rove

More evidence the loony left is chasing their tail on the Valerie Plame case...

Case of C.I.A. Officer's Leaked Identity Takes New Turn

WASHINGTON, July 26 - In the same week in July 2003 in which Bush administration officials told a syndicated columnist and a Time magazine reporter that a C.I.A. officer had initiated her husband's mission to Niger, an administration official provided a Washington Post reporter with a similar account.

The first two episodes, involving the columnist Robert D. Novak and the reporter Matthew Cooper, have become the subjects of intense scrutiny in recent weeks. But little attention has been paid to what The Post reporter, Walter Pincus, has recently described as a separate exchange on July 12, 2003.

In that exchange, Mr. Pincus says, "an administration official, who was talking to me confidentially about a matter involving alleged Iraqi nuclear activities, veered off the precise matter we were discussing and told me that the White House had not paid attention" to the trip to Niger by Joseph C. Wilson IV "because it was a boondoggle arranged by his wife, an analyst with the agency who was working on weapons of mass destruction."

Mr. Wilson traveled to Niger in 2002 at the request of the C.I.A. to look into reports about Iraqi efforts to buy nuclear materials. He later accused the administration of twisting intelligence about the nuclear ambitions of Iraq, prompting an angry response from the White House.

Mr. Pincus did not write about the exchange with the administration official until October 2003, and The Washington Post itself has since reported little about it. The newspaper's most recent story was a 737-word account last Sept. 16, in which the newspaper reported that Mr. Pincus had testified the previous day about the matter, but only after his confidential source had first "revealed his or her identity" to Mr. Fitzgerald, the special counsel conducting the C.I.A. leak inquiry.

Mr. Pincus has not identified his source to the public. But a review of Mr. Pincus's own accounts and those of other people with detailed knowledge of the case strongly suggest that his source was neither Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's top political adviser, nor I. Lewis Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was in fact a third administration official whose identity has not yet been publicly disclosed.

That's what happens when you invent a culprit then invent a crime that he supposedly committed. If there was any wrongdoing -and that is still up for debate- certainly it sounds like this third official is the one the Dems should be looking for.

But since the Democrats have gone full tilt trying to get Rove at any cost, they have potentially given the real wrongdoer a pass.

If you needed any more proof that the Democrats could care less about the outting of a CIA agent and only want a head on a platter this is it. They don't really care who said what to who (or to whom) they want Rove gone. Their irrational hated is blinding them to all reality. (again)

Let's say Rove gets fired tomorrow. What does he do? Go fishing???? No, if Rove gets fired tomorrow he starts working the next day on the mid-term elections. Thereby guaranteeing the Dems lose even more power in the Senate. (and the House)

In chess if you have your opponent's Queen pinned the last thing you do is let her go free. Rove is more valuable to the Dems in the Whitehouse working for a President who (let's review) isn't running for another term than he is on the open market.

Have you noticed the Clinonistsas -the only Dems who know how to win elections- have been largely silent on this one? They want Rove to stay where he is. The whole rest of the Democrat party is too blinded by hate to even think rationally. -- Not that this is news.


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Comments (18)

I love it when we're right.... (Below threshold)

I love it when we're right.

Get Joe Wilson under an intensely bright light, give him a Fresca, tell him there.is.no.literary.deal.forthcoming, let him sweat a while...

You know what the best part... (Below threshold)
i love outing cia agents:

You know what the best part is? All those dead American soldiers over in Iraq! Isn't that great?!? I mean, think about it, we lied about the WMD's the "connection" to 9/11 and now there's, what 1800 dead Americans, billions of dollars gone and nothing to show for it! And who do we get to blame for it? The "Left"! Oh, and that time table we'd never set for pulling out? HA, HAAA! Helloooooo spring! Just in time for the elections too, what a co-inky-dink!
But (somberly) the real victim is poor Turd Blossom himself. If it wasn't for those vicious lefty's why, his good name wouldn't have been dragged thru the mud like he was some kind of scumbag politician who'd make Goebbels himself blush with shame. Yes indeed-y it's a proud, proud moment for the GOP.
Unless of course.. this mystery person.. turns out to be BS.. and then.. well Karl's in some big.. err.. isin't it time we investigated that Fitzpatrick guy?

Wow toss in a hitlerbush an... (Below threshold)

Wow toss in a hitlerbush and you'd have the whole Leftie talking points covered.

Actually, that wasn't a fai... (Below threshold)
i love outing CIA agents:

Actually, that wasn't a fair comparison. Goebbels had a chin.

I think the persistance of ... (Below threshold)

I think the persistance of going after Rove is not really as much to get Rove as it believed. At least not in the beginning. It was about keeping the story off the real story. The credibility of (or lack there of) Joe Wilson.

By ragging on Rove, the story shifts off that topic. We waste time on energy on Rove. Meanwhile someone who at best saw what he wanted to see and at worst lied used his connection to the CIA to undermine a standing President as we were gearing up for war.

Maybe I'm just tired but I ... (Below threshold)
Alpha Liberal:

Maybe I'm just tired but I don't see how this clears Rove. It just implicates someone else. Pincus is not the only reporter to be given information outing a secret agent working on weapons of mass destruction. The Fitzgerald investigation may yet net a whole bunch of fish, possibly including Rove.

While many liberals want to see Rove get his comeuppance, we are more outraged by the act itself and want to see some justice done. If they get away with this abuse of power, we're all in trouble. They'll think they can get away with anything.

As it is, it's bizarre to see conservatives closing ranks behind such an act and employing such lame talking points. (Do you guys really think no undercover agents work at Langley??)

Paul writes: But ... (Below threshold)

Paul writes: But since the Democrats have gone full tilt trying to get Rove at any cost, they have potentially given the real wrongdoer a pass.

I can't speak for Democrats. (As I've said before, I'm registered with another party.)

But I can say with certainty that all the Democrats I know who could be described as going "full tilt trying to get Rove at any cost" are well aware that slapping Turdblossom with an indictment would go a long way toward giving him the incentive to flip and start burning his fellow conspirators.

Paul, I think you underestimate how much critics of the White House are interested in rolling up as many players as possible in this unfolding conspiracy. If Rove goes down, it's a sure thing he'll finger somebody, anybody he has to, if it will mean letting him out of prison even a single day earlier than otherwise.

Oh yes. They're not planning on letting any of the war criminals get away if they can help it.

i love outing cia agents an... (Below threshold)

i love outing cia agents and Alpha Liberal:

John Kennedy sent CIA and military into Cuba and then left them there to be shot, tortured and mutilated by Castro and his ghouls. And don't even get me started as to Viet Nam -- which the U.S. military did not lose, but was told to not win and, well, just go home. If it hadn't been for liberals such as yourself during the Sixties and Seventies afterward, many Americans might have lived and that doesn't even begin to mention all the South Vietnamese.

List is a long one so I don't mind comparing notes.

However, about Rove...please just READ the article in NRO that does a very comprehensive job of spelling.out.dates.and.events.in.chronological.order such that if the article's read, anyone (mostly) can easily understand the issues described there and how it's logically obvious that Rove never "outed" anyone...not that his own statements have not already made that clear but liberals don't appear to be able to read those, either.

You really, really NEED to make Karl Rove your fall guy. I suppose it suggests to liberals that they, too, can 'win' if they only get Karl Rove.

This is one instance where imagination does not make it so.

The Clintonistas are remain... (Below threshold)

The Clintonistas are remaining silent because they believe that when Hilary wins in '08, everything used against Rove will be a precedent tha could be used againist them.

It is the reason why Hilary announced that she is supporting the nomination of Judge Roberts to the Supreme Court. The last thing she wanted was a large scale production of documents written by Roberts. Now that several boxes of documents are being released, every person that had once worked for President Bill Clinton that Hilary nominates for any position will trigger similar demands for documents.

Again with the "secret agen... (Below threshold)
Bill M:

Again with the "secret agent"/"covert agent" meme. Ain't no sech thing in this folks. Ms. Plame doesn't fit the legal definition for the law to kick in. End of story.

And conspiracy-wise, kinda an odd way to go about it -- wait until the reporter calls you, warn him about the veracity of Wilson after he changes the subject from the false story he called in with, and them don't even actually name the supposed "secret agent girl". Yah sure. That'll work.

Makes more sense to me to wait until the investigation is done. As yet, I have not heard that Rove is a target of this investigation. You can bet your boots that little tidbit would leak faster than anything.

And let's not forget Ms Miller, rotting away there is the confines of a brutal prison complex, bravely resisting disclosing her source. All who believe she'd keep her mouth shut for anyone in the Bush Administration, raise your hands. There's a bridge for sale that I think you might be interested in.

Anyone wanna bet that Fitzpatrick enpanels (empanels?) a new Grand Jury in October and reissues the demand for info from Ms Miller? Wouldn't that effectively extend her "vacation" for another 18 months or so? She just might sing at that point. Wonder which Democrat she is actually protecting.

They'll think they can g... (Below threshold)

They'll think they can get away with anything

Like, say, taking over 100 FBI files of political opponents to the White House? Or something REALLY bad, like having the IRS audit all the oppposing think tanks and other non-profits?

Sound familiar? That was the '90s with Clinton.

Re: John's post (July 28, 2... (Below threshold)

Re: John's post (July 28, 2005 06:32 PM)

Give that man a cee-gar!

EMPIRE QUAGMIRE SIS BOOM BA... (Below threshold)
Sue Dohnim:




I think Mr. Rove should qui... (Below threshold)

I think Mr. Rove should quit the white house tomorrow and move to a private job at the RNC. Put him totally in control of plans for the 2006-08 elections. Let the current RNC head continue to raise the millions that the dim-wits can't raise. I see five more senate seats and 25+ more house seats out of this move.

If the dems get Rove fired ... (Below threshold)

If the dems get Rove fired it will be like Vader killing Obi-wan....

"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine..."

If Rove is such a genius, w... (Below threshold)

If Rove is such a genius, why didnt Bush garner the popular vote in the first election? Oh and just where is the yellowcake and uraniun. Until that is produced all this B.S. about Wilsons credibility can be thrown out the window.

"[I]t sounds like this thir... (Below threshold)

"[I]t sounds like this third official is the one the Dems should be looking for."

Don't you mean who the special prosecutor should be looking for? Last I checked it was a criminal investigation.

Valaracular is absolutely r... (Below threshold)

Valaracular is absolutely right. If it were'nt for Fitzgerald, this story would have died long ago. He continues to go after the Richard Daily machine in Chicago, so he's no partisan hack. In fact, he prosecuted Al Qada bombings of our embassy and prosecuted the original WTC bomber. Looks to me like he thinks someone committed a crime in this administration and he will ferret out whoever did it. WHat's in the media (including this one) is just hype and conjecture. It's the Grand Jury that is to be swayed, not the public at this point.

However the chips may fall, thank God for patriots like him.






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