rove’s a rat

I didn’t write about it last week when Time magazine decided to cave in to government investigators and hand over the notes and e-mails of their employee, Matt Cooper, concerning his reporting on Valerie Plame two years ago. I didn’t know what to say. I was pissed that Time wouldn’t stand up for the rights for their reporters to keep their sources confidential, but I didn’t know enough about the case to say anything, or at least not anything that would add to the dialog already taking place. That hasn’t really changed, but I wanted to let you know that the case, it seems, has taken a strange turn toward the highest levels of the administration.

It looks now as though those notes of Cooper’s might implicate Bush advisor Karl Rove as the individual in the administration who, in the process of trying to discredit ambassador Joseph Wilson (who had suggested that Bush manufactured evidence to go to war in Iraq), outed his wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA operative, thus putting her life, and those of her contacts, in jeopardy, and, in the process, setting back our active investigations into the whereabouts of real weapons of mass destruction. What’s more, if Rove is in fact the person who gave up Plame’s name, he may very well be guilty of treason against the United Stares of America. (For further information, you can click here, here, here, or here.) Here’s a quote from “Editor and Publisher” (the second link in that list):

Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Friday night, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O’Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name–and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.

Today, O’Donnell went further, writing a brief entry at the Huffington Post blog:

“I revealed in yesterday’s taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine’s e-mails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper’s source. I have known this for months but didn’t want to say it at a time that would risk me getting dragged into the grand jury.”

So, one has to wonder, if this is true, what Rove, quite possibly the brightest and most powerful Presidential advisor in US history, might do to avoid trial. Knowing what he’s capable of, it’s a frightening thought.

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