Bush replied "yes" when asked in June 2004 if he would fire anyone who leaked the agent's name.
Oct. 10, 2003, the White House specifically said that Karl Rove had absolutely no involvement in the matter.
In 2003, McClellan said it was "a ridiculous suggestion" that Rove was involved. "I've made it very clear, he was not involved, that there's no truth to the suggestion that he was," he said. He also said that any culprit in the White House should be fired "at a minimum."
If what Karl did was no big deal, why did it take almost two years of investigation for this to be brought forth?
But, of course, the Bush spin machine is already at work, trying to "massage" the truth. They are claiming that Rove did no wrong since he did not actually give Time reporter Matt Cooper Valerie's name... Big whoop. If you say, "by the way, there is this woman who is working on WMD matters over at the CIA and she is married to Joe Wilson," I think almost any person in America with access to Goggle could have figured out that that person married to Joe Wilson was Valerie Plame.
You can not get around the fact that he broke the law and betrayed his nation for political retribution. Just because he did not say her actual name does not mean he is not culpable in this. If we allow him to get away with this, it will only lead to more of this Nixonian kind of crap. A clear message needs to be sent - personal political retribution will not trump our national security.
At White House, a Day of Silence on Rove's Role in C.I.A. Leak
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Update: This is the best editorial I have seen written on the subject yet.
The real Rove scandal