Wednesday, July 06, 2005

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime - part 2

previous If you can't do the time, don't do the crime

Looks like there were at least two leakers: a kind one who released Cooper from a pledge of confidentiality; and a hard one, who leaked to Miller and doesn't seem inclined to spring her from a stint in the joint. Note if I recall correctly, everyone on Bush's staff released Cooper and Miller from any pledges long ago.
via Drudge: "I went to bed ready to accept the sanctions" for not testifying, Cooper said. But he told the judge that not long before his early afternoon appearance, he had received "in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.

As for Miller, unless she decides to talk, she will be held until the grand jury ends its work in October. The judge speculated that Miller's confinement might cause her source to give her a more specific waiver of confidentiality, as did Cooper's.


Anonymous said...

Looks like the leak was Karl Rove! What do you think Bush will do about that?

Bill Baar said...

The Wash Post via drudge quoting Rove's Lawyer saying just the opposite:

Cooper, according to an internal Time e-mail obtained by Newsweek magazine, spoke with Rove before Novak's column was published. In the conversation, Rove gave Cooper a "big warning" that Wilson's assertions might not be entirely accurate and that it was not the director of the CIA or the vice president who sent Wilson on his trip. Rove apparently told Cooper that it was "Wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip," according to a story in Newsweek's July 18 issue.

Rove's conversation with Cooper could be significant because it indicates a White House official was discussing Plame prior to her being publicly named and could lead to evidence of how Novak learned her name.

Although the information is revelatory, it is still unknown whether Rove is a focus of the investigation. Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, has said that Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has told him that Rove is not a target of the probe. Luskin said yesterday that Rove did not know Plame's name and was not actively trying to push the information into the public realm.

Instead, Luskin said, Rove discussed the matter -- under the cloak of secrecy -- with Cooper at the tail end of a conversation about a different issue. Cooper had called Rove to discuss other matters on a Friday before deadline, and the topic of Wilson came up briefly. Luskin said Cooper raised the question.

"Rove did not mention her name to Cooper," Luskin said. "This was not an effort to encourage Time to disclose her identity. What he was doing was discouraging Time from perpetuating some statements that had been made publicly and weren't true."

[Baar again] Bush won't have to do anyting. Fitzgerald will indict Rove and it will be done, but I doubt it. I think we'll find the source was the CIA itself, and this a case of an out-of-control CIA. That's creepier than political vengence frankly. That's bad for our Republic, not to mention our ability to work with other Intel Services... ours is out of control and can't be trusted.