IF a crime was indeed committed (Valerie Plame part II)
IF a crime was indeed committed (in the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative) it is becoming more and more likely that Karl Rove was not the perpetrator. From the same Washington Times article that I referred to below (and linked here) it is reported that Mrs Wilson had not been on a covert assignment since her transfer to DC.
"She made no bones about the fact that she was an agency employee and her husband was a diplomat," Fred Rustmann, a covert agent from 1966 to 1990, told The Washington Times. "
This Mr. Rustmann was Mrs. Wilson's supervisor in her early career. He also reiterated that it was common knowledge that Mrs. Wilson was employed by the Agency at it's Langley VA headquarters.
"Her neighbors knew this, her friends knew this, his friends knew this. A lot of blame could be put on to central cover staff and the agency because they weren't minding the store here. ... The agency never changed her cover status."
And over at the National Review, Clifford May suggests that the person who is responsible for "outing" Mrs. Wilson may have been her own husband. In an interview with David Corn (for the Nation) Mr. Wilson first raises the idea that his wife was "outed" as revenge for his speaking out against the Bush Administration, however, if you go back and read the Robert Novak column (that sparked the investigation to begin with) you will see that not once does Mr. Novak refer to Mrs. Wilson as an "undercover"operative.
Every day, new information is coming out on this case. Therefore, I think it is wise that we (in the words of the White House) wait until the grand jury has finished their investigation before we put anyone in jail.