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Plame, By Any Other Name
· Taking into account Bush's previous statements about leaks, does this mean he now has no choice but to fire Rove?
· Did Rove keep all this from Bush?
· Or did Bush know, but chose to keep silent and do nothing?
For some quick background, here is what Rove has said directly about Plame:
As ABC News's The Note reported on Sept. 29, 2003, ABC News producer Andrea Owen and a cameraman approached Rove that morning as he walked toward his car.
Owen: "Did you have any knowledge or did you leak the name of the CIA agent to the press?"
At which point, Rove shut his car door.
Then on August 31, 2004, Rove spoke to CNN's John King .
King: "Did someone in the White House leak the name of the CIA operative? What is your assessment of the status of the investigation, and can you tell us that you had nothing to do with. . . .
Rove: "Well, I'll repeat what I said to ABC News when this whole thing broke some number of months ago. I didn't know her name. I didn't leak her name."
Here is McClellan in a Sept. 16, 2003 briefing :