“WASHINGTON – Columnist Bob Novak, who first published the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, says he is confident that President Bush knows who leaked Plame’s name.
Novak said that “I’d be amazed” if the president didn’t know the source’s identity and that the public should “bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is.”
Novak’s remarks, reported in the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer, came during a question and answer session Tuesday after a speech sponsored by the John Locke Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer urged Bush to identify Novak’s source or to say that he does not know who it is.
In 2003, Novak exposed Plame’s identity eight days after her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, accused the Bush administration of manipulating prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. In the column disclosing Plame’s CIA status, Novak said the sources for his column were two administration officials.
The identity of Novak’s sources has been one of the secrets in the CIA leak investigation.
Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove, is one of Novak’s sources, according to people close to the investigation, but his other source is not publicly known.”
Ok, here is my question for whomever wishes to answer. What is Novak’s role or should I say responsibility in this. He outed Valerie Plame. He was the one who published her name. Knowledge doesn’t necessitate sharing. Why is there no heat on him.
That is not an exoneration of the others, but a legitimate question of why no one seems to be discussing his role in this.