Friday, July 15, 2005

Perjury, Novak refutes Karl Rove's story

[title sung to the tune of the Beatle's "Yesterday"] via Americablog by way of the Impolitic

It seems as those Karl Rove's alleged testimony to the effect that he didn't drop the dime on Valerie Plame to Bob Novak may not, exactly, be true. According to reports of Rove's testimony, Novak called him July 8, 2003 and filled Rove into the detailsNovak had heard about a CIA officer name Valerie Plame and how she'd been involved in sending former ambassador Joe Wilson, who happened to be her husband, to investigate possible uranium sales to Iraq in Niger. Rove's response, according to his testimony, was "I heard that too." Rove's testimony, as it turns out, is inconsistent with statements Bob Novak made less than 2 weeks after the call with Rove in which Novak indicated the two senior administration officials had come to him with information about Plame.
"I didn't dig it out, it was given to me," he said. "They thought it was significant, they gave me the name and I used it."
As the folks at Americablog point out, if both Rove's description of his discussion with Novak and Novak's statements in his first post-outing interview are both correct, there are at least 3 senior level members of the Bush administration involved in Plame's outing (Rove, who confirmed Plame's status when Novak called him + the 2 senior Bushites that initiated contact with Novak). Is it me or is there a heatwave coming on?

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