It’s amazing how much can happen when you’re out of town for a day.
From Friday’s stories in the Times, Post and AP, it seems that Karl Rove was a source for both of the stories which revealed Valerie Plame’s identity. On one he was the confirming source (Novak); on the other the original source (Cooper). The source for yesterday’s round of stories — Rove’s lawyer or someone in a similar capacity — says that Rove first learned the information about Wilson’s wife not from access to other administration officials but from another journalist. Regrettably, he can’t remember who the other reporter was or when he or she told him the information.
Oddly enough, I’m told, this version of events from the Rove camp apparently absolves him of any wrongdoing in the whole affair.