ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, July 15, 2005

Rove Speculation - vol. 1,723

Things just aren't lining up here in this Rove story...

David Gregory on Imus (an unbearable show to watch on TV and listen to on radio) says that Plame was an undercover agent sitting at her desk in Langley. But, Joe Wilson admits that she wasn't YESTERDAY!!

The Washington Post reports this (H/T Michelle Malkin):

Sources who have reviewed some of the testimony before the grand jury say there is significant evidence that reporters were in some cases alerting officials about Plame's identity and relationship to Wilson -- not the other way around.

This all leads me to believe more strongly in my previous assertion: That Wilson informed a journalist or two that his wife was the one that pushed him forward for the job - after journalists talked to him on background regarding his NYTimes article. Then, the journalists seek out WH comment on the matter.

Why is Joe applauding Miller for keeping her sources confidential while at the same time pushing for Novak & Miller to disclose theirs?

***UPDATE 1***
It seems that David Corn of The Nation is the one who "outed" Valerie Plame. And who told Corn that Plame was undercover after reading about "Wilson's wife" in Novak's article? Methinks Corn may have gotten a call from Wilson. "David - Did you know that Novak just blew my wife's cover? That's a crime!!!"
On what basis could Corn “assume” that Plame was not only working covertly but was actually a “top-secret” operative? And where did Corn get the idea that Plame had been “outed” in order to punish Wilson? That is not suggested by anything in the Novak column which, as I noted, is sympathetic to Wilson and Plame.

The likely answer: The allegation that someone in the administration leaked to Novak as a way to punish Wilson was made by Wilson — to Corn. But Corn, rather than quote Wilson, puts the idea forward as his own.
Corn’s article then goes on to provide specific details about Plame’s undercover work, her “dicey and difficult mission of tracking parties trying to buy or sell weapons of mass destruction or WMD material.” But how does Corn know about that? From what source could he have learned it?

Corn concludes that Plame’s career “has been destroyed by the Bush administration.” And here he does, finally, quote Wilson directly. Wilson says: “Naming her this way would have compromised every operation, every relationship, every network with which she had been associated in her entire career. This is the stuff of Kim Philby and Aldrich Ames.”

Corn has assured us several times that Wilson refused to answer questions about his wife, refused to confirm or deny that she worked for the CIA, refused to “acknowledge whether she is a deep-cover CIA employee.” But he is willing to say on the record that “naming her this way” was an act of treachery? That’s not talking about his wife? That’s not providing confirmation? There is only one way to interpret this: Wilson did indeed talk about his wife, her work as a secret agent, and other matters to Corn (and perhaps others?) on a confidential basis.

David Corn - What did he know and when did he know it?

It seems the game of "gotcha" that Wilson & Corn are involved in is going to be exposed. For some reason, I have a feeling that Fitzgerald knows much of this info and isn't distracted by confusing timelines in the MSM. This also explains why Wilson is championing Miller's refusal to identify her source - because after the Novak column, Wilson shopped around the fact that Novak's column was an "outing." Finally, this also explains the fact that Fitzgerald is not viewing Karl Rove as a "target" - because the target is not someone in the administration but perhaps Wilson himself.

***UPDATE 2***
Wizbang has more on the fact that exposing Plame wasn't a crime, since she couldn't have been considered an undercover agent.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler