The grand jury investigation over the leak of a CIA officer’s identity has Washington in a lather. Karl Rove, the President’s chief political advisor and consigliore, has been linked to the leak and now finds himself in the crosshairs of democratic politicians and pundits hoping to run him out of town on a rail. What began as a secret investigation has blossomed into a front page political shouting match. Some say Rove committed a serious breach of national security, and either broke the law, or came too close for comfort. Defenders say this is just more Washington theatre; a summer scandal that will fizzle out once the cicadas come to town. Secrets, lies, and the inner workings of a Washington scandal.
Timothy Noah writes the “Chatterbox” column for Slate
John Fund is an editor for The Wall Street Journal
Victoria Toensing is an attorney and former Justice Department official. She helped author the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act
Rep. Rush Holt (R-NC)