Rove The Source Of The Plame Leak?

That’s what Lawrence O’Donnell is claiming on The Huffington Post.

Supposedly its been corroborated by another highly “authoritative” source and the whole story will “break wide open” this next week.

Editor and Publisher has also picked up the story:

NEW YORK Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, 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. Lawrence O’Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, now claims that at least two sources have confirmed that the name is–top White House mastermind Karl Rove.

O’Donnell first offered this report Friday night on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show. . . .

Here is the text of what O’Donnell said on Friday:

“What we’re going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper’s e-mails, within Time Magazine, are handed over to the grand jury–the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is.

“I know I’m going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of…for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine’s going to do with the grand jury.”

Other McLaughlin Group panelists then joined in discussing whether, if true, this would suggest a perjury rap for Rove, if he told the grand jury he did not leak to Cooper.Kevin Drum points out that Rove was fingered by Plame’s husband Joseph Wilson two years ago:

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.

Hold onto your hats folks, this one’s going to be a wild one.

Of course, we should all lend this issue a bit of perspective. Remember that Plame’s identity wasn’t exactly a state secret. Many outside of the government, including many in the press, knew the information about Plame Rove is now being accused of leaking.

Even if Rove did “leak” this information, can we really take it all that seriously when it wasn’t exactly a secret to begin with? And really, what harm has come of the information being made public?

Kevin adds (Remember me? I stopped in to see what was going on and couldn’t help myself…): Rove’s lawyer says he’s not the leak. From The Washington Post:

Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political adviser, spoke with Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper during a critical week in July 2003 when Cooper was reporting on a public critic of the Bush administration who was also the husband of a CIA operative, his lawyer confirmed yesterday.

Rove is identified in Cooper’s notes from that time period, which Time turned over Friday to special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald — under court order. Fitzgerald is investigating whether senior administration officials leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name to reporters in July 2003 as retaliation after her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence to justify a war with Iraq.

Rove’s lawyer said Rove never identified Plame to Cooper in those conversations. More significantly, Robert Luskin said, Fitzgerald assured him in October and again last week that Rove is not a target of his investigation.

…Cooper has said that more than one confidential source is identified in his e-mails and the notes of interviews he conducted in July 2003 after Wilson’s opinion piece appeared in the New York Times. Reporters were calling the White House with questions about Wilson’s assertions, which senior government officials tried to discredit.Emphasis mine. Nice scoop Larry, you tool…

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