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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Plame Blame Game

The federal prosecutor investigating the leak of the undercover CIA officer demands the reporters' testimonies:

A Time magazine reporter still must testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday, though Time has surrendered e-mails and other documents sought in the probe. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald urged a federal judge to send Time reporter Matt Cooper and New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail if they continue to refuse to reveal their sources.

No mention of Karl Rove... looks like the focus is turning on the receivers of the leak rather than the actual leak; another fine display of the Bush Administration's control over our spineless media.

UPDATE: When I first posted this at 4:33, the timestamp on the AP article was 4:22 and there was no mention of Karl Rove. I just went back to the same AP link, it was updated at 5:13, with some references to Rove added at the end of the piece:
Among the witnesses Fitzgerald's investigators have questioned are President Bush; Vice President Dick Cheney; Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove; Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby; and former White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, who is now the attorney general.

In a recent interview, Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, acknowledged that Rove and Cooper spoke between the time that Wilson publicly criticized Bush and when Novak wrote his column outing Plame's identity. But Luskin said Rove did not disclose Plame's identity to Cooper or to anyone else.

Luskin refused to reveal what was said in the conversation, and Luskin said prosecutors had asked Rove and his lawyer not to discuss the matter. Luskin added that prosecutors have assured Rove many times that he is not a target in the investigation.
Did the AP writer discover my post that linked to his article, and then add the additional comments regarding Karl Rove, because of my "spineless media" remark? I can only speculate, but fascinating none the less.

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