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Plame Working on Iran Nukes

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David Shuster is reporting that Valerie Plame Wilson was working on Iran nukes at the time she was outed (Crooks & Liars has the video). 

Says Shuster:

Early in the case, Rove admitted to investigators that he outed Valerie Wilson’s identity to columnist Robert Novak — Novak was the first journalist to publish Wilson’s identity and the first to talk about it to investigators.

And last week, Karl Rove testified again he may have spoken about the Wilsons with Time Magazine’s Matt Cooper.

Rove said he denied that under oath for the first year of the investigation because of memory problems.  A case of bad memory is Scooter Libby’s defense.

But in regards to Karl Rove, lawyers in the case say prosecutor Fitzgerald is still troubled by the timing of Rove’s rolling disclosures:  it seems that Rove’s memory perks up with every new indication someone else will expose him.  When Rove finally began to update his testimony in October 2004, it was just days after Cooper was first held in contempt for refusing to disclose confidential sources.  And Rove did not give Cooper a clear waiver to testify until after Cooper’s appeals had been exhausted 9 months later.

Good snark, Shuster.  Very appropriate to the situation I would say; a nice antidote to Isikoff’s Kool-Aid swilling.

MSNBC has learned new information about the damage caused by the White House leaks.

Intelligence sources say Valerie Wilson was part of an operation three years ago tracking the proliferation of nuclear weapons material into Iran.  And the sources allege that when Mrs. Wilson’s cover was blown, the administration’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions was damaged as well.

Raw Story also reported this in February of this year.  Add this to Judge Hogan’s contention that there were definitely underlying crimes committed in the CIA leak case and I’d say the "nothing to see here, no damage done, move on, it’s just a little perjury" crowd are on the ropes.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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