Yes I believe whoever leaked Plame's identity committed treason, if they did it deliberately. Furthermore, it is particularly egregious because it was apparently leaked for partisan political reasons. Furthermore, anyone who had knowledge of the leak (either before or after the act) and is not coming forward is guilty of obstruction of justice. Was it Rove on either count? I don't know but it certainly looks as if he was involved. It also appears to me that Bush himself may have some knowledge, at least after the fact. If so, this places him in some legal jeopardy as well. Could he be impeached for it? Not unless the Republicans lose control of the House, imo.
Re: Leaking the names of CIA operatives is treason.,
"it seems like you left wingers are jumping on this a little early"
You need to check the rules of engagement here. I was taught that name calling is not part of civil debate.
As for the motivations of Rove's lawyer - I never try to guess the motivations of lawyers. But to more directly answer your question - I believe the information was already public - he could either keep quiet about it and look bad or comment on it and look bad. There is lots of smoke around Rove on this. There may not be a fire - stink bombs also make smoke.
On edit: Oh yeah. The leak occured sometime in 2003, right? It is now 2005. A little early? Hardly.
This message has been edited by deerbreh, 07-06-2005 01:22 PM
Oh yeah. Remember, this is the same "reporter" that embedded herself in a military unit looking for WMD in Iraq and then tried (and succeeded for a while) to take over the mission. She is capable of anything that draws attention to her. The story is HER.