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  •  I've always thought (none)
    that the media and for the most part bloggers laid off this story because they thought that the leak  to Rove and Libby was from reporters.

    The media was going to look terrible since they were the ones spreading the story. Rove and Libby would get off on the grounds that they only confirmed what the reporters already knew and that they heard the information first from reporters.

    Kos and Atrios have been very quiet on this story for the last year and a half becuse they believed that reporters were the source for Rove and Libby. The original source probably some low level staffer who wouldn't make much of a story. Atrios has said as much.

    Two things have changed the story. First, Cooper said publically that Rove told him and he hadn't heard it before that and that makes Rove a leaker. Second, the State Department Memo which is clearly  classified and was written so long after the fact. The memo is a give away.

    and  ab initio has it right I think, Russert is in this up to his eyeballs.

    •  I think Plamegate (none)
      has been covered here fairly well whenever news became available.  For a long time there was no new news.

      I have no idea what you think Russert's role is.  What did he do?

      •  At the very least ... (none)
        ... Russert was complicit in his awareness of a laundering scheme by Rove and Libby to disclose classified information for purely partisan political purposes.

        If he was a "true" journalist, he would have blown the cover of this nefarious activity. But he acted as another fully bought and paid member of the Rovian MSM.

        There is more to the Russert story than meets the eye.

        •  I'm only asking (none)
          what you are suggesting?

          Libby said Russert told him about Plame.
          Rove doesn't 'remember'who told him about Plame but says it was a reporter, or someone who talked to a reporter.

          But Russert denies any involvement.  And, frankly, I think Libby and Rove's cover story is wearing pretty thin, unless Judy was their source.

          •  Actually (none)
            I think Russert's public statement is pretty vague.  He denies naming her or talking about her covert status.

            justoneminute.typepad.com :

            Russert told Fitzgerald that he did not know Plame's name or that she was a CIA operative and that he did not provide that information to Libby, it said.

            I think the quote is a little vague.  It implies he could have asked Libby if Wilson's wife was CIA.

            Keep an open mind, but don't let your brains fall out.

            by Unstable Isotope on Sat Aug 13, 2005 at 05:51:21 AM PDT

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    •  It appears that Rove may have miscalculated (none)
      and assumed that reporters would protect their sources.

      What concerns me is that I don't believe that Rove "miscalculates" for long.

      I would love to know what his next move is going to be.

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