Is Rove Headed For The Political Doghouse?
Jonathan Alter has written an article over at Newsweek that suggests Karl Rove may lose, at the least, his security clearance over the Plame leak.
Alter cites Executive Order 12958 which states that security clearance should be revoked from someone if there is "any knowing, willful or negligent action that could reasonably be expected to result in an unauthorized disclosure of classified information."
While the ball is still up in the air regarding whether Rove knowingly or willfully outed Plame to reporters, it is more than apparent that he was negligent in his actions regarding Plame and the secrecy of her CIA status.
If one is to follow this tack, it quickly leads to a very ominous cloud hanging over Rove's head. How? By many accounts, Rove was one of the two sources Novak aluded to in his now infamous column. If that is the case, then Rove's many dealings with Fitzgerald in the investigation should have resulted in, at the very least, revocation of his security clearance. And if Fitzgerald did not find that he was simply negligent, then that must mean that Rove is facing an idictment for something more knowing or willful on his part.
Question: if Rove loses his security clearance then what use is he to Bush? It is the equivalent of Bush's Brain receiving a frontal lobotomy.