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Bush's 'Big Time' Leak?

Jan. 30 2008, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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Did RobertNovak’s other White House source leak from an undisclosedlocation? Now that Karl Rove has been outed as one of twoadministration sources who confirmed the columnist’s ValeriePlame smear, Beltway insiders are speculating the other White House bigmouth belongs to Vice President Dick Cheney.

“People have to understand that JudithMiller, Matt Cooper, andNovak were all Iraq War zealots starting as early as 2001, and Cheney wasrelentless about going to war—he was ready to literally destroy anyone whogot in his way,” a Capitol Hill insider tells

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Since Cooper’s recent revelation that Cheney’s chief of staff,Lewis "Scooter" Libby, corroborated Plame’s CIA status for him,media attention has been focused further down the White House chain ofcommand. Whoever ultimately emerges as Rove’s partner in crime,senior Dem officials are determined to do a little House cleaning.

“Idon’t know for sure it was Cheney, but this is an administration that wontwo Presidential elections by discrediting their opponents,” says oneDemocratic congressman. “If a Democratic administrationhad engaged in this type of behavior, the impeachment hearings would havestarted by now.” A spokesman for Cheney’s office did not returncalls for comment by press time.



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