Partisan hacks on the left would love to see Karl Rove, the â€œarchitectâ€ of President Bushâ€™s 2004 electoral triumph, take the fall for outing Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA operative. The investigation into who leaked what and when to which reporter has already landed The New York Timeâ€™s Judith Miller in jail for not giving up her source.
Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper also would have been jailed had not Karl Rove given him permission to name him as his source. Newsweekâ€™s Michael Isikoff reports today on the e-mails that reveal the conversations that took place between Rove and Cooper. Isikoffâ€™s conclusion is this: â€œNothing in the Cooper e-mail suggests that Rove used Plame’s name or knew she was a covert operativeâ€ (source).
Is the witch hunt over yet? Far from it. Rove is too juicy a target, and it is likely that weâ€™ll hear the left carping about his role in the leak no matter what the investigation turns up. I donâ€™t know where the investigation will end, but I think itâ€™s interesting that so many left-leaning pundits do.