Roger L. Simon

The Plame Rove Affair is One of the Biggest Wastes of Time of My Lifetime...

… and that’s saying a lot! But when it comes to absurd non-scandal scandals this one may beat the band. Not only is the media treating as if it were a serious issue with catastrophic implications whether a woman who within days of her “unmasking” as a CIA agent (or not, depending on who you believe or how you define it) appears as a Bond glamour girl consort to her prevaricating husband on the pages of Vanity Fair… now we learn that the whole Grande Scandale may have been createdinternally by the press itself.

Presidential confidant Karl Rove testified to a grand jury that he learned the identity of a CIA operative originally from journalists, then informally discussed the information with a Time magazine reporter days before the story broke, according to a person briefed on the testimony.

The person, who works in the legal profession and spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, told The Associated Press that Rove testified last year that he remembers specifically being told by columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame, the wife of a harsh Iraq war critic, worked for the CIA.

So according to this “source”… and oh boy are we in the world of “sources” here… Rove learned about Plame from Novak. The NYT implies the opposite, or sort of the opposite, claiming Rove said “I heard the same thing” to Novak after the journalist informed the presidential adviser that he (Novak) had heard Plame was a CIA agent (something apparently half of Washington knew anyway… and she only had a desk job in the first place.)

Who knows and who cares? Forget a tempest in a teapot. This is a tempest in a thimble. But that doesn’t stop the likes of Charles Schumer from treating this like Watergate II while people are being blown up in London Tubes. What a fatuous creep!