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Monday, July 18, 2005

Is This the End of the Plame Affair? (Please, Lord, Be Merciful and Let it Be)

NRO's Andrew McCarthy has what seems to me to be the authoritative explanation for why there was no violation of law by columnist Robert Novak, nor by Judith Miller of The New York Times nor Matthew Cooper of Time, as a result of the publication of CIA desk jockey Valerie Plame's employer.

Why? Because the CIA itself blew Plame's cover years ago. Bill Gertz of The Washington Times reported this fact a year ago. And The New York Times-led media coalition that filed an amicus brief on behalf of Miller and Cooper earlier last year knew that fact and included it in the brief.

Among so much else, that means there also can be no violation by Bush administration people like Karl Rove in regard to Plame, unless of course somebody was sufficiently stupid to lie to the Special Prosecutor or the grand jury.

So can the MSM please get back to reporting news?