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Friday, July 15, 2005

John Dean Ruminates on Karl Rove's Potential Legal Troubles

FindLaw columnist John Dean has posted an interesting piece on Karl Rove, in which he discusses among other things the applicability of the Intelligence Identities and Protection Act to Rove's presumed situation, since Time reporter Matthew Cooper has now identified Rove as his source. According to Dean, it's not clear that the Act applies yet, if at all. But it's possible that other laws were violated, and he goes on to discuss a prior case involving Jonathan Randel, a government employee convicted of leaking information in 2002. Further, he discusses whether, if New York Times reporter Judith Miller told Rove about Valerie Plame (and not the other way around), that lessens Rove's legal problems. His conclusion--not necessarily. See his column here.

Meanwhile, yet another source, speaking on condition of anonymity (what, again?) says that Karl Rove told the grand jury he learned about Valerie Plame's identity from reporters, then talked about her with "a Time magazine reporter" (presumably Matthew Cooper) later. Read AP writer John Solomon's story here.

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