Thursday, July 14, 2005

Dare We Dream?

This Karl Rove thing... I can't stop thinking about it. True story - last night around 4am I awoke in a cold sweat from a terrifying nightmare. A nightmare about Karl Rove. My dark subconscious tasked me with the responsibility of finding Karl Rove's replacement in the White House. I had to interview the dregs of humanity whose resumes contained stories of devouring puppies and slaughtering innocents. It was horrible.

Anyway, firedoglake brought to my attention that this Plamegate deal might be a way bigger deal than we are hoping for in our wildest fantasies. I mean, getting Rove indicted would be brilliant, right? But there's some wild speculation that the extent to which Fitzgerald is going to get information implies that it has to be bigger than just outing a covert operative which most people agree is a tricky law to get convictions on. Plus, Fitzgerald has said a number of times that Rove isn't even the target. So what is going on?

At Daily Kos, they wonder if it might be espionage.

This case isn't about identifying a covert agent, and hasn't been for a long, long time.  It's about disclosure of classified information which is a violation of the Espionage Act and a more serious crime.  It happens that the classified material (primarilly an "INR"  Report by State Dept intelligence officials regarding the possibillity that Saddam was attempting to obtain urainium yellowcake and Joe Wilson's trip to Niger) was used by the administration to discredit Wilson by pointing out what they say was his wife's role.  But that identification is NOT what Fitzgerald is after.  Someone leaked the contents of that classified file all over town trying to get ahead of Wilson's story.
Obviously, I have no idea. But they make a compelling argument. It does seem to be bigger than we'd think. And unlike fucknut Ken Starr, this investigation doesn't seem to have a leak problem. No one really knows what's going on in there. But it stands to reason that Bush wouldn't want to talk about it too much when you view it in these terms. It could be someone really high up in his administration who gets indicted for treason. Just imagine. Watergate times ten.

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