Sunday, July 10, 2005

Karl Rove Talked About Valerie Plame to Time Reporter Matt Cooper

Having reviewed Matt Cooper's notes from his conversation with Karl Rove, Michael Isikoff at Newsweek reports that Rove gave the Time reporter Valerie Plame's name on July 11, 2003:
Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"—CIA Director George Tenet—or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip." Wilson's wife is Plame, then an undercover agent working as an analyst in the CIA's Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division. (Cooper later included the essence of what Rove told him in an online story.) The e-mail characterizing the conversation continues: "not only the genesis of the trip is flawed an[d] suspect but so is the report. he [Rove] implied strongly there's still plenty to implicate iraqi interest in acquiring uranium fro[m] Niger ... "
Robert Novak's column outing Plame went on the wires that same day.

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