Thursday, November 03, 2005

According to the New York Times, prosecutors have narrowed the scope of Rove's role in outing CIA agent Valerie Plame.

The crux of the case against Rove seems to be centered around a phone conversation between reporter Matthew Cooper of Time and Rove on July 11, 2003, which he had initially failed to disclose.

Around the same time, evidence shows Rove told Libby that he'd spoken with Robert Novak about Wilson's wife and the conservative pundit would soon write a story about Wilson's trip to Niger and its relationship to his wife work at the Agency.

The indictment also shows a swirl of activitity around that time. The following day, Libby flew on Air Force Two and talked with White House officials (Cheney and Cathie Martin) on how to handle the brewing problem. Without knowing dialogue content, it can be inferred that a response was devised, especially since on the very same Libby called both Cooper and Miller and disclosed Valerie Plame's status as at the CIA.

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