Newsweek: Matt Cooper's Source

So now we know what Rove told Time's reporter Matt Cooper:

"Cooper wrote that Rove offered him a "big warning" not to "get too far out on Wilson." Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA"—CIA Director George Tenet—or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, "it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip." Wilson's wife is Plame, then an undercover agent working as an analyst in the CIA's Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division. (Cooper later included the essence of what Rove told him in an online story.) The e-mail characterizing the conversation continues:

"not only the genesis of the trip is flawed an[d] suspect but so is the report. he [Rove] implied strongly there's still plenty to implicate iraqi interest in acquiring uranium fro[m] Niger... "

So Rove told Cooper what we've already knew.....that Wilson was full of crap (or himself - same thing).

Old news, The Senate Intelligence Report told us that.

For those Moonbats (here) and (here), and those still counting votes in Ohio, who will be still looking for the "Rove in the Haystack", forget it. He didn't "out" anyone.

But that aside for a minute, let me give you another take on this from an old reporter kind of guy.

As far as I'm concerned, this investigation is looking at the wrong 'perpetrators'. Instead of dinking around with this old and tired story of nothing - because nothing really happened , I say "Investigate both Joeseph and (regular Mom) Valerie Plame."

Some believed that Ms. Valerie should have been "frog-marched" out of the Langley last year.

I really think there is a greater story here, and to put this thing to bed forever, we need to look further into Joseph and Valerie's involvement in the whole affair- which at my reading of the has "conspiracy and coverup" written all over it.

Back to the "full of crap" angle.

Both Joseph and Valerie are proven liars and if you read the Washington Post story from last year (here), you even see that there is a strong case that the both of them were trying to cook something up.

Excerpt fromWashington Post article:

"The report said Plame told committee staffers that she relayed the CIA's request to her husband, saying, "there's this crazy report" about a purported deal for Niger to sell uranium to Iraq. The committee found Wilson had made an earlier trip to Niger in 1999 for the CIA, also at his wife's suggestion.

The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong."

What were those two trying to cook up? To me, this story should have been about those two all along.


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