Novak Backs Off Pledge To ‘Reveal All’

    On June 30, 2005, Robert Novak appeared on CNN with host Ed Henry and explained that while he could not answer questions about who in the administration gave him Plame’s identity, he would soon “reveal all“:

    NOVAK: Well, that’s what I can’t reveal until this case is finished. I hope it is finished soon. And when it does…I will reveal all in a column and on the air.

    In an op-ed on Human Events Online, Novak writes that Fitzgerald has cleared him and that “frees me to reveal my role in the federal inquiry.” But Novak fails to “reveal all,” as he earlier pledged, in at least two respects.

    1. Novak refuses to identify his primary administration source who revealed to him that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA as an undercover agent. He confirms Karl Rove was his second senior administration source, and that CIA official Bill Harlow served as a confirming source. But Novak writes his primary source’s name “has not yet been revealed” and “has not come forward to identify himself.”

    2. Novak also did not explain why he earlier said he was given Plame’s identity by the White House as part of an effort to intentionally out her. He said: “I didn’t dig it out [Plame’s identity], it was given to me”¦. They [the White House] thought it was significant, they gave me the name and I used it.” In his latest op-ed, Novak fails to address this issue, and states simply that Plame’s “role in instituting her husband’s mission was revealed to me in the middle of a long interview with an official who I have previously said was not a political gunslinger.”

    UPDATE: John Aravosis notes Novak’s interesting acknowledgement that his account differs from Rove’s.