No surprise here. Robert Novak disclosed today that Karl Rove was one of his sources in the White House that helped out Valerie Plame. Novak claims there were three leakers. He has named two, which there is still one more he has not told us about. Either the last one is still not releasing Novak to speak, or it is Scooter Libby, and Novak cannot comment on it because of the ongoing investigation.
But, of course, contrary to Bush's promise to fire anyone involved, Rove still holds his job at the White House. No surprise there either. So much for Bush being a straight shooter and a man of his word.
Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame
By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jul 12, 5:24 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Now that Karl Rove won't be indicted, now that the president won't fire him, now that it really doesn't matter anymore, more details of the Valerie Plame leak investigation trickle out.
In his latest syndicated column released Wednesday, columnist Robert Novak revealed his side of the story in the Plame affair, saying Rove was a confirming source for Novak's story outing the CIA officer, underscoring Rove's role in a leak President Bush once promised to punish.
The columnist said he learned of Plame's CIA employment from a source he still refuses to publicly identify, and then confirmed with Rove and then-CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, whose roles in talking to Novak have been previously reported.
Novak said for the first time that prosecutors looking into the leaks already knew his sources when he agreed to disclose them.
Novak comes late to the Plame game, long after several other reporters talked publicly about the involvement of Rove and of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, in leaking the CIA identity of the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson. Novak says he kept his mouth shut so long because prosecutors asked him to.
Novak Says He Named 3 Sources in Leak Case