Wednesday, September 13, 2006
SERIOUS OFFENCE REQUIRES RESIGNATION
Professor John Quiggin, July 2005:
Anyone who reads blogs has known for at least a week that Karl Rove, Bush’s closest advisor, leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative, as part of a political vendetta against her husband, Joseph Wilson. Bush has presumably known this for many months, the media similarly have known for a long time, and so on. This is a serious offence, at a minimum requiring Rove’s resignation.
As usual, Quiggin got it wrong:
The mystery of who leaked the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame has been solved. It was former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage who owned up after special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald released him from a vow of confidentiality.
No mention of this yet from the Professor. The title of his Rove post? “Asleep at the wheel.”
UPDATE. Further on the Plamegate flame-out from Martin Peretz.
UPDATE II. The Professor responds—deep in comments under a week-old post:
On Plame, I wrote three posts mentioning this issue, twice dismissing it as of little interest, and the third time, saying, that Rove had leaked Plame’s name (as I recall, this was confirmed by a correspondent for Time, and is not changed by recent news that someone else leaked the name first) noting the lack of media coverage and saying “If I thought this meant that US journalists were going to give up covering scandal and focus on serious issues, I’d be cheering them on, but there’s no indication of this.”
UPDATE III. Quiggin is apparently following Howard Dean’s example:
CHRIS WALLACE: You piled on Karl Rove and the White House pretty good about the Valerie Plame leak case. Let’s put up what you said.
You said, “The president should fire him.” You said, “There’s no question that Rove was the one that leaked the information about the CIA agent’s name.”
Governor, now that we’ve learned that Rove wasn’t the one who leaked the name, that in fact the original source of the leak was Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, are you going to give Karl Rove an apology?
HOWARD DEAN: Absolutely not. I still think he should be fired.