The AP reports that Cheney's aide was a source
In an effort to quell a chorus of calls to fire deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, Republicans said that Rove originally learned about Valerie Plame's identity from the news media. That exonerates Rove, the Republican Party chairman said, and Democrats should apologize.
Excuse me, Rove is exonerated just because someone else committed the same felony he did? So if somebody shoots me, it's ok to stroll by and plug me again just because it was already done by someone else? I don't think so.
The White House's assurance in 2003 that Rove was not involved in the leak of the CIA officer's identity "was a lie," said John Podesta, White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration. He said Rove's credibility "is in shreds."
Until last week, the White House had insisted for nearly two years that Libby and Rove had no connection to the leak. Plame's husband is Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq at the start of the Persian Gulf War.
The White House refused last week to repeat its denials about Rove's involvement. The refusal came amid the disclosure that Rove told Cooper on July 11, 2003, that Wilson's wife apparently worked at the CIA and that she had authorized a trip he took to Africa in 2002. The White House on Sunday declined to comment about Libby, saying the investigation was ongoing.
OK, so let me get this straight - he didn't do it, then somebody else did it first so even though he did do it it's not a crime, and now what? Oh, we're not talking to you any more picky boy. Never mind what he did. You're rude and we won't talk to you.