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October 20, 2005

Rove Fingers Libby

Karl Rove told the grand jury in the CIA leak case that Scooter Libby "may have told him that CIA operative Valerie Plame worked for the intelligence agency before her identity was revealed," the Washington Post reports. "Rove has also testified that he also heard about Plame from someone else outside the White House, but could not recall who."

"The account is the first time a person familiar with Rove's testimony has provided clues about where the deputy chief of staff learned about Plame, and confirmed that Rove and Libby were involved in a conversation about her before her identity became public. The disclosure seemed to further undermine the White House's contention early in the case that neither man was in any way involved in unmasking Plame."

"But it leaves unanswered the central question of the more than two-year-old case: Did anyone commit a crime in leaking information about Plame to the media?"

However, the AP reports "some evidence prosecutors have gathered conflicts with Libby's account of dealings with reporters."


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