Karl Rove did it
According to Julian Borger, the Guardian's Washington reporter, reporters are privately, well, not so privately any more, saying Karl Rove leaked Valerie Plame's name to the media.
Well, all you have to do is check the phone logs and it's goodbye Karl. Well, it won't be that simple, since the next question is : what did the President know and when did he know it? Rove is his Stonewall Jackson. Bush is intensely loyal. Something will have to give and soon. Bush relies on Rove. Is it possible that he did this little deed and never told his boss and main client? Did he just think this was politics and oh, not treason.
If there was any justice in this world, Yousef Yee and Jose Padilla would have a roommate next week. Who will make the most hay of this? Howard Dean, pushing towards $15m this quarter? Wesley Clark? Bob Graham? This is turning into the Marianas Turkey Shoot of politics. The president's closest advisor, recklessly betrays a state secret for petty revenge. You could be drunk all the time and whipsaw Bush with this. Bush knows the truth. He wants to know what to do about it. Which is try to bury it.
Which isn't gonna happen.
For nearly 50 years, the CIA has been cast as international villian number 1. They were formenting coups, ordering assassinations, playing tango with the KGB. Even in the US, the CIA turned from hero to goat in a few short years. This is the first time in the Agency's history, where they have the moral high ground and widespread public support. In a war against a shadowy terrorist group, people want an effective CIA and one which can protect Americans. To do that, they must be protected and able to work in anonymity. Anything which undermines that will not play well.
If 9/11 changed anything, it is respect for the CIA. People want the Agency to work. Exposing a CIA officer's name, especially one who tracked WMD, is treason. That person is trying to prevent a nuclear attack, fear of which Bush used so skillfully to wage war against Iraq.
The CIA is not going to miss the chance to exploit this chance to play the victim. Hard working secret operative exposed by sleazy political hack for spite. The fact that they have the chance to get revenge on Team B's players, well, that's icing on the cake.
Of course, one could overplay their hand, but Bush's troubles are not diminishing.
posted by Steve @ 4:10:00 PM