During his initial interview with the FBI, in the fall of 2003, Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed Plame with Time magazine correspondent Matthew Cooper, according to two legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter. Federal investigators were also skeptical of claims by Rove that he had only first learned of Plame’s employment with the CIA from a journalist, even though he also claimed he could not specifically recall the name of the journalist.
Waas has much to say about the special briefings provided to then-AG John Ashcroft that ultimately lead to the appointment of Patrick Fitzgerald as special prosecutor, but I found this passage most interesting…
[T]he new information once again highlights the importance of the testimony of journalists in uncovering whether anyone might have broken the law by disclosing classified information regarding Plame. That is because both Rove and I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney—who are at the center of the Plame investigation—have said that they did not learn of Plame’s employment with the CIA from classified government information, but rather journalists; without the testimony of journalists, prosecutors have been unable to get to the bottom of the matter.
…particularly given today’s self-servingly smarmy NY Times editorial portraying Judith Miller as a valiant defender of the First Amendment who, after 41 days of deprivation without revealing her “source” should be allowed to roam free.