Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Karl Rove under fire

It now seems clear that Karl Rove was the leak in the Valerie Plame case, which has sent two New York Times journalists to jail. There are really only two options now for Rove: either he resigns or he must be fired.

On Oct. 6, 2003, Bush told reporters, "This is a very serious matter, and our administration takes it very seriously."

White House spokesperson Scott McClellan stated, "No one wants to get to the bottom of this matter more than the President of the United States. If someone leaked classified information, the President wants to know. If someone in this administration leaked classified information, they will no longer be a part of this administration, because that's not the way this White House operates."

Some media sources have tried to defend Rove, by argueing that he did not release Valerie Plame's name, but only mentioned that Wilson's wife. This is a ridiculous distinction as Howard Kurtz, the Post's media critic made clear in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer:
WOLF BLITZER (host): And there's no indication he actually released a name to Matt Cooper other than saying she worked over at the CIA on WMD matters.
KURTZ: Well, I think the name thing is a matter of semantics. He says it's Joe Wilson's wife, therefore it's Valerie Plame. I don't think that gets Rove off the hook.

[See Media Matters for more information]

It is time for the Bush administration to honor their promises and, for once, to take responsibilty for their mistake. We should all secon the calls from the editorial board of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Bush should seek the release of Judith Miller and engage an investigation to get to the bottom of this affair.

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