Sunday, July 03, 2005

LA Times on Rove

So far what we have is an article in Newsweek that claims Rove is listed as "one of" Cooper's sources in the Valerie Plame story and Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, telling the LA Times that Rove talked to Cooper but didn't "identify" Plame. He also says Rove was adviced recently by prosecutors that he is not a target of the investigation.

In the Times article, it's pointed out that prosecutions in cases such as these are rare:
    ...because they require showing that the leak was intentionally disclosed and that the person leaking the information knew the government was trying to conceal it.
As to JMM's point that prosecutors have to have a strong reason to compel testimony from journalists, Luskin's comment that Rove is not a target may or may not hold true now that Time's internal documents have been turned over to the special prosecutor.

However, at the very least, we still have the problem of what to do about ol' Scotty.
    On Oct. 10, McClellan was asked directly if Rove and two other White House aides had ever discussed Valerie Plame with any reporters. McClellan said he had spoken with all three, and "those individuals assured me they were not involved in this."

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