This could be it, if it holds up. Rove should bring a toothbruth and clean underwear to the office tomorrow.
Time Magazine broke the story, or at least, the basics of the real story behind the Plame outing and it’s not pretty for the Administration at all.
BEFORE Joe Wilson wrote his Op Ed piece on Niger in July, 2003, Walter Pincus of the Washington Post inquired about the “unnamed former diplomat” who had gone to Niger and come back with a negative report on the yellowcake uranium story.
According to Massimo Calabresi at Time, this is what set off the White House into circling the wagons and looking for ways to discredit the Pincus report, now known to be true, that the Niger deal with Iraq for WMD had never gone down.
This effort is what unearthed Plame’s CIA identity and Rove apparently would have known about it, as would Libby. No unnamed journalist, as Rove claimed in the Grand Jury hearing, just a good old fashioned White House damage control cabal blew Plame's cover, it seems.
According to Time:
"When Pincus' article ran on June 12, the circle of senior officials who knew about the identity of Wilson's wife expanded. "After Pincus," a former intelligence officer says, "there was general discussion with the National Security Council and the White House and State Department and others" about Wilson's trip and its origins. A source familiar with the memo says neither Powell nor Armitage spoke to the White House about it until after July 6. John McLaughlin, then deputy head of the CIA, confirms that the White House asked about the Wilson trip, but can't remember exactly when. One thing he's sure of, says McLaughlin, who has been interviewed by prosecutors, is that "we looked into it and found the facts of it, and passed it on.""