Monday, July 11, 2005

Karl the leaker

So it was Rove. Surprise, surprise, surprise. One of the president's men -- perhaps the president's top man -- leaked Plame's identity to Matt Cooper of Time. See the latest Newsweek story here. AMERICAblog weighs in here, here, and here. I'm not sure I'm ready to say that Rove committed treason, but, from what we know, the leak is either criminal or downright sleazy (or both). And we need to know the truth.

Rovegate begins. Buckle up.

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  • I think it would be hard to argue that Rove committed treason since it's not clear that revealing Plame's identity really gave much comfort to any enemey. From what I read in the Times, here cover had already been pretty much blown. She was not really in any danger of physical harm. And I believe there is an intent element required for treason.

    But it really is disgusting and I think it goes to the question of whether journalists should have a shield law so broad that it protects the ability of people to commit crimes through the press. IMO, Judith Miller is an idiot, who did an incompetent job reporting on WMD before the war and then allowed herself to be used by a political hack to punish his enemies. And this is what the press is trumpeting as journalism's highest principle?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:52 AM  

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