Karl Rove named as a source of Plame leak
Sunday, July 3, 2005
A reporter's notes subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court in Washington may showPresident 's chief political advisor as one of the two sources behind the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA agent , according to one or more anonymous sources cited by MSNBC.
However, Rove's lawyer, Donald Luskin, acknowledged that although Rove had communicated with Cooper shortly before Plame's identity was leaked, denied any wrongdoing on the part of his client, saying that "Rove absolutely did not identify Valerie Plame."
The notes are those ofWhite House correspondent . They were released by Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief of TIME Inc., by order of the court, in ruling that, in the case of leaking the identity of CIA agents, reporters must reveal the identity of their sources.
The court's ruling was based on the clause in Constitutional law summarized popularly with the phrase "Crying fire in a crowded theater": that when the degree to which the speech puts the safety of others at risk outweighs the degree to which it benefits others, so does their right to safety and security outweigh one's right to free expression.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the reporters' appeal of the case.
|At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs|
—Joseph C. Wilson, retired diplomat
TIME magazine announced Thursday they would identify theleak from reporter Matthew Cooper's notes. The decision by TIME came after a federal judge in gave the magazine and 48 hours to comply with a months long order to provide information on the sources of press leaks. of The New York Times, along with Cooper at TIME, face jail time for their refusal to name anonymous sources. The steadfast refusal by Cooper and Miller to personally identify their sources may lead to an 18 month jail sentence.
The case against Cooper stemmed from a July 6, 2003 Op-Ed piece published by the Times, wheredisputed the assertion made by in his that tried to buy uranium from .
A week later Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife, was identified as a operative in a news story written by , a conservative pundit. The news blew Plame's cover, and the information was obtained by two anonymous White House sources. The leak to the press was thought by some to be retaliation for her husband's Op-Ed story. Wilson blamed Rove for the leak, saying in an Aug. 21, 2003 public panel, "At the end of the day, it's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words."
Cooper wrote and had published stories about the issue at TIME. Miller did research, but did not write a story. The reporter Novak who broke the story, remained silent on the case until Wednesday, and said on's Inside Politics that, "They're not going to jail because of me."
Journalists usually protect their sources' wishes of anonymity, in order to retain a vital channel of information fromand others with controversial information. The tension between the press and the U.S. Federal judiciary highlights what Rick Rodriquez, executive director of the American Association of Newspaper Editors, calls "the need to have a discussion around the federal shield law." A "shield" could grant confidentiality between reporters and anonymous sources similarly to the right granted in .
The decision by his employer TIME to reveal a source may spare veteran reporter Cooper time behind bars. His employer is in possession of his notes and therefore has knowledge of the source. In the case of Miller, The New York Times claims it has no such reporting notes.
- Carol D. Leonnig. "Lawyer says Rove talked to reporter, did not leak name" — , July 3, 2005
- Greg Mitchell. "Reports Reveal Karl Rove Named in Matt Cooper Documents" — , July 2, 2005
- Bill Saporito. "When to Give Up a Source" — , July 2, 2005
- "Analyst: Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove As Source" — , July 2, 2005
- Michael Isikoff. "The Rove Factor?" — , July 2, 2005
- "MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case" — , July 1, 2005
- Valerie Plame at our sister project, Wikipedia
- Carol D. Leonnig. "Reporters Ask Judge for Home Detention" — , July 2, 2005
- Nick Madigan. "'Time' decides to name source who leaked agent's identity" — , July 1, 2005
- Nick Madigan. "Judge indicates patience for reporters running out" — , June 30, 2005
- US House of Representaives. "Espionage Act of 1917" — , June 15th 1917
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