Bush knew

Ok, just this one little item, then more later. According to this NY Daily News story, Bush knew Rove leaked Valerie Plame’s name and was angry — not that he’d done it, but that he’d been sloppy about it.

Other sources confirmed, however, that Bush was initially furious with Rove in 2003 when his deputy chief of staff conceded he had talked to the press about the Plame leak.

Bush has always known that Rove often talks with reporters anonymously and he generally approved of such contacts, one source said.

But the President felt Rove and other members of the White House damage-control team did a clumsy job in their campaign to discredit Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, the ex-diplomat who criticized Bush’s claim that Saddam Hussen tried to buy weapons-grade uranium in Niger.

A second well-placed source said some recently published reports implying Rove had deceived Bush about his involvement in the Wilson counterattack were incorrect and were leaked by White House aides trying to protect the President.

Josh Marshall is providing the best ongoing commentary on the story… e.g., here, here, here, and here. But AmericaBlog gets right to the point.

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