“Karl Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, had his holiday weekend ruined on Friday when I broke the story that the e-mails that Time delivered to the special prosecutor that afternoon reveal that Karl Rove is the source Matt Cooper has been protecting for two years. The next day, Luskin was forced to open the first hole in the Rove two-year wall of silence about the case. In a huge admission to Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, Luskin confessed that, well, yes, Rove did talk to Cooper. It is a huge admission in a case where Rove and Luskin have never, before Friday, felt compelled to say a word about Rove’s contact with Cooper or anyone else involved in the case.”
Where in any of the articles Lawrence O’Donnell cites does it say that Rove is the source that Matt Cooper has been protecting? Karl Rove long ago released all the reporters from confidentiality agreements. Now the Big Scooper has latched onto the word “knowingly” used by Rove’s lawyer in saying that his client “never knowingly disclosed classified information.”
According to the controlling statute ( U.S. Code: Title 50: Section 421), to be in violation anyone disclosing a covert agent must do so “knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States.”
Sorry, Larry, but that is how the law reads, and the law must prove that Karl Rove or anyone else must have revealed the “open secret” to all of Washington, “knowingly”. Sometimes the law is just too damn fair. And besides, there is NO there, there, unless you believe that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson is “all there”.