While much hasn’t been coming out of the inquiry into who leaked Valerie
Plame’s identity to Robert Novak, the press is keeping the story alive.
LA Times published a time line and very in depth look into the entire case
and what we know now.
Today Murray Waas has an excellent piece in the
Village Voice titled “What Now, Karl?” This article does a good job at
establishing a link between Karl Rove and John Ashcroft and how Ashcroft’s
position as United States Attorney General was a conflict of interest in the
case. That conflict is what ultimately lead to the appointment of Patrick
Fitzgerald to head the investigation.
Several of the federal investigators were also deeply concerned that then
attorney general John Ashcroft was personally briefed regarding the details of
at least one FBI interview with Rove, despite Ashcroft’s own longstanding
personal and political ties to Rove, the Voice has also learned. The same
sources said Ashcroft was also told that investigators firmly believed that
Rove had withheld important information from them during that FBI interview.
The fact that the top law enforcement official in the nation is involved in
the case and also getting briefings about interviews is something to raise major
concern. Check out both articles, even though they are long reads they are both
well worth the time.