| Karl Rove Master Of Deceit.
In reviewing the facts on the Karl Rove-Valerie Plame matter one has to ask oneself who would benefit from disclosing that Valerie Plame was a CIA expert married to Joseph Wilson. Wilson wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times stating that the Administrations claim that Iraq was buying or trying to buy yellow cake (used to make a nuclear weapon) from Niger as part of the justification for invading Iraq was not true. He was a former ambassador and an expert on Africa and Iraq where he had served as charge’d affairs in the U.S. Embassy before the 1991 invasion. He had been commended by Bush Sr. for his work in Iraq.
The Karl Rove Smear of Joseph Wilson.
Karl Rove was trying to get out the story that Wilson was sent to Niger to check out the yellow cake story by his wife on behalf of the CIA and therefore his claim was to be disregarded. However it has been later verified by others and admitted by the Administration as true. Also Valerie Plume did not have the authority to send her husband to Niger. Higher ups in the CIA did that after Vice President Cheney wanted more information. When Wilson’s report did not verify the Administration’s claim it chose to ignore it. Wilson decided to go public in the op-ed piece and he was smeared as a political hack who engineered his trip to Niger through his wife. All untrue.
The Karl Rove Smear of John McCain.
It turns out that Rove spoke to at least two reporters identifying Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent and an expert on weapons of mass destruction. Also Scooter Libbey, Cheney’s spokesman, did so too. All this would be typical skull duggery by Rove and company to disseminate disinformation on the reasons given for invading Iraq. No matter who had to be smeared. However he went too far in identifying Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent and expert on weapons of mass destruction in his smear because it was a crime. One wonders why a member of the Administration would be talking about a CIA agent who was a covert agent and had worked outside the U.S. in covert positions anyway. Now all the work she has done in the past is being investigated by the countries where she was stationed. Her status was still classified as secret and only the CIA had the authority to declassify her not Karl Rove, Scooter Libbey or their journalist front man Robert Novak. This is a typical Rove smear much like the smear of John McCain after he won the Republican primary in New Hampshire and the primary in South Carolina was critical to Bush. A story was circulated that McCain had an illegitimate child with a black woman. The truth was that John McCain and his wife had adopted a black child to raise with their own children. The smear worked and Bush won South Carolina and the Republican nomination
Novak has not been indicted yet and it’s his syndicated column that disclosed the name of Valerie Plame and her status with the CIA as and expert on WPM and the fact that she was married to Joseph Wilson who wrote the op-piece. Whatever deal he made with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald as to the source of his information has not been disclosed.
However he testified before the grand jury. He is considered to be a conservative columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
WHY THIS STORY WILL NOT DIE.
This Story Will Not Die Because Judith Miller Is In Jail.
This story is not going to die because a reporter for the New York Times is in jail for refusing to disclose her source on the case even though she did not write a story. Normally federal prosecutors don’t put reporters in jail unless they believe they have a strong case. Otherwise they raise the wrath of the press needlessly. Her fellow reporters will keep the story alive until she is released and the truth comes out either through journalist investigation or an indictment of the leakers. The fingerprints of Karl Rove are all over this case. This matter certainly falls within his M.O. All that remains to be seen if he will sleaze out of it and avoid criminal prosecution or if Bush will go back on his vow to fire the leaker. I think Bush will not fire him unless he is convicted of a crime as they are birds of a feather.