Each day the complexity of the CIA leak scandal grows. Recent developments concerning TIME reporter Viveca Novak are particularly difficult to decode.
The center of the storm still appears to be Karl Rove and his failure to tell Fitzgerald about his conversations with TIME reporter Matt Cooper during his initial testimony. But these two graphs, buried at the end of today’s Washington Post, seem to be a plausible explanation of what’s going on:
Randall Eliason, the former chief of public integrity prosecution at the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, and another former prosecutor, David Schertler, speculated that Fitzgerald would not have considered charging Rove unless he had significant evidence from other witnesses that Rove mentioned the Cooper conversation to them. Now the prosecutor must check out the Novak conversation and weigh it against his other evidence.
“If you’re going to bring charges against the White House deputy chief of staff, you want to be absolutely convinced it was an intentional lie,” Schertler said. “I think Fitzgerald is looking at this so at the end of the day he can say, ‘I explored everything.'”
Also, a video refresher on why all of this is so important here.