July 16, 2005

via Think Progress: The answer makes clear that Rove not only had a duty not to disclose the identity of a covert CIA agent, but he also had an affirmative duty prior to confirming Plame’s identity with a reporter to first “confirm through an authorized official that the information has, in fact, been declassified.” Thus, the argument by Rove allies, as reported by CNN, that “Rove was the recipient of information, not a provider” is irrelevant. Instead of saying “I heard that, too,” Rove’s answer to Novak should have been “no comment”

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