Thoughts of an American Centrist

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Lets not jump to Conclusions on Rove

What did he know, when did he know it, and (we'll add to the list) who did he tell?

I won't even bother with a link to the Rove story; it's on every blog in the world. OK, here's one to the original Newsweek piece that broke the story.
It was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip.
And from this, the Left Hemisphere of blog world has errupted with calls of "treason" and "fire him... hard."

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. I'm no fan of Bush or Rove, but so far we know surprisingly little about what Rove did or didn't say to Time Journalist Matthew Cooper. We know for certain that Rove indicated that it was Plame who commissioned the Niger report.

It is entirely possible that Rove, a veteran of domestic policy disputes knew nothing of Plame's "other" job at the CIA. You have to admit, a desk job at the CIA seems like pretty thin cover for an operative at the CIA. If Rove himself did not know she was an agent, then he must be immediately absolved of any criminal wrongdoing. After all, you can't leak information you don't have.

There are soooo many questions still swirling around the Rove-Cooper relationship, that it's way too premature for the press corps to begin chanting "fire him, fire him, fire him!"

We really don't know what Rove actually said or didn't say to Cooper. We don't know if he identified Plame by name (a very trivial matter, but relevant because Rove speaks of not using her name), we don't know if he implied she was an undercover agent, or - as stated before - if he even knew she was an agent.

We don't know what other reporters, if any, Rove spoke to. Remember, Judith Miller went to prison protecting her source, while Cooper got Rove's waiver. If Rove were the source for both, why would he let Cooper blow his cover but not Miller? If Rove did speak to reporters, did he say anything more to them than he did to Cooper? For that matter, did Rove have any discussions with Cooper regarding Wilson and Plame that we don't yet know about?

I am perfectly open to the idea that Rove may be innocent of any wrongdoing in all this. However, the quick bottling up of the White House's information spigot does not portend well for Karl's case. If Rove is to rove what may turn out to be the most difficult political needle of his career, he needs to come forward with full disclosure. Karl, if you're innocent, prove it to us. Seeing as you've been caught in a lie (the "I had nothing to do with it" bit), the burden of proof now lies on you. If you're guilty, well, best of luck to you, but we're gonna getcha.

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