Snakes on a Plame: Rove Indictment Won't Fly

That sound you hear is the falling erections of Karl Rove and George W. Bush haters. Stand back, say nothing, act casual, whistle, and slowly back away.

Special Council Patrick Fitzgerald has informed Karl Rove that he doesn’t anticipate seeking charges against the top Bush advisor for the “outing” of the CIA secret agent with the worst cover since the British Redcoats, Valerie Plame. This according to a piece by Byron York at National Review Online.

Last summer, Newsweek claimed that Karl Rove was the leaker, saying that they had information proving that Rove was the one who leaked information to Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper, which subsequently involved reporter Judith Miller. The latter ended up in a mainstream media-style remake of “Caged Heat.”

This information supposedly “outed” Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Plame is the wife of former ambassador to Gabon and acting ambassador the Iraq shortly before Gulf War I, Joe Wilson.

Wilson said the leak was in retaliation for his refutation of the Bush administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein had sought uranium in Africa to build a nuclear bomb.

So far not so good for Wilson and Plame’s claims. At least the media fascination with the Rove angle allowed the media to focus on hard-hitting exposes, such as the contents of Karl Rove’s garage.

Since the original “report” that Rove was the leaker came from Newsweek and apparently holds no water, I have it on good authority that Karl Rove was seen flushing a Koran down the toilet. Look into it, Newsweek. You’ll get him yet!


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