I’m told Lawrence O’Donnel said on McLaughlin Group tonight that Matt Cooper’s notes will show that Karl Rove was the leaker of the Plame information. That would certainly be an interesting development, if not exactly surprising.
(The claim at least has now been confirmed here.)
One other note along these lines.
I’ve gotten hints or suggestions from several sources over the last month that new information is bubbling to the surface, not about who leaked Valerie Plame’s identity, but who was behind the underlying caper that started the whole drama afoot in the first place: those phoney Niger uranium documents.
As longtime readers of this site know, last year colleagues of mine and I were able to trace the documents back to a former Italian intelligence agent named Rocco Martino. Martino was the ‘Italian businessman’ who tried to sell the documents to Elizabetta Burba, the journalist who eventually brought them to the US Embassy in Rome.
We were able determine that the documents had been put into Martino’s hands by a then-serving member of SISMI — Italian military intelligence. And this SISMI colonel had done so using a women working in the Niger embassy in Rome, an Italian national, as a cut-out.
This was, as you might imagine, more than enough to make us want to know a lot more. But we were never able to develop any conclusive proof about who or what was behind the SISMI colonel or what the backstory was within SISMI.
Suspicions, we had plenty. But in terms of hard facts, we hit a wall just inside SISMI.
Just who forged the documents? And, more significantly, who put the whole process in motion? And why had SISMI or elements within it involved themselves?