With the non-indictment of Karl Rove, a question keeps nagging at the back of my head: why the hell isn’t anyone talking to Bob Novak?
Just for the sake of argument, let’s presume that the Left’s worst scenario is actually true: President Bush tells Karl Rove that Joseph Wilson needs to be destroyed, and the best way to do that is to let it out that his wife is Sooper-Sekrit Agent Double-Nought-14. Rove then cackles evilly and summons Robert Novak to his office and tells him all about it, including showing him her personnel file, W-2s, and copies of her CIA ID card. Then Novak goes back to his office and writes all about it.
OK, presuming that all that happened, and that Plame was covered by the law protecting CIA agents’ identities, let’s look at the facts: Rove told one person something he should not have. Or, maybe, a couple of reporters, but Novak was the one who ran with it. Rove may have told Novak, but Novak told it to the world.
Bob Novak, without question, revealed the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA employee. Why hasn’t he been frog-marched out of his office and hauled in for questioning? Why doesn’t he have to make the case that she is not covered by the law protecting CIA employees? Why doesn’t he have to tell who allegedly violated the law in giving him this information?
I’m no lawyer, but I have heard of the legal concepts of “best evidence” and “hearsay.” The fundamental question here is who told Robert Novak about Plame, and exactly what was he told. But nobody wants to ask him.
In this whole story, Bob Novak is the elephant in the room. Personally, I think it’s time to break out the blunderbuss and score us some ivory — or let the whole issue die the quiet death it most likely deserves. As my mother used to say, “it’s time to shit or get off the pot.”