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   Role of [Karl] Rove, [Lewis] Libby in CIA Leak Case Clearer

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10/2/2005 10:00 am

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Washington Post

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Entered 10/2/2005, Updated 10/2/2005

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Bush and Cheney Aides' Testimony Contradicts Earlier White House Statement By Jim VandeHei and Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, October 2, 2005; Page A05 As the CIA leak investigation heads toward its expected conclusion this month, it has become increasingly clear that two of the most powerful men in the Bush administration were more involved in the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame than the White House originally indicated. With New York Times reporter Judith Miller's release from jail Thursday and testimony Friday before a federal grand jury, the role of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, came into clearer focus. Libby, a central figure in the probe since its earliest days and the vice president's main counselor, discussed Plame with at least two reporters but testified that he never mentioned her name or her covert status at the CIA, according to lawyers in the case. His story is similar to that of Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser. Rove, who was not an initial focus of the investigation, testified that he, too, talked with two reporters about Plame but never supplied her name or CIA role. Their testimony seems to contradict what the White House was saying a few months after Plame's CIA job became public. In October 2003, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that he personally asked Libby and Rove whether they were involved, "so I could come back to you and say they were not involved." Asked if that was a categorical denial of their involvement, he said, "That is correct."


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