Matt Cooper exposed

Okay, here's today's must-read: a 5000-word plus Los Angeles Times article that meticulously dissects the entire Rove-Plame saga for the layperson (by that I mean anyone who has better things to do with their life than obsess about the convoluted inner workings of the Beltway crowd). [LINK]

Here are some highlights to whet your appetite. First, it lays to rest once and for all the GOP-inspired lie that Wilson was sent to Niger on her suggestion:

An official recommended sending Wilson to Niger because of his experience there, including a previous mission for the CIA. What role Plame played in securing the mission for her husband has become a noisy sideshow to the substantive questions his trip raised about prewar intelligence. It is not clear why Plame's role would have been relevant to Wilson's uranium findings. But it was very important in the campaign to discredit him.
Plame was never a player in the Niger trip until Karl Rove decided to make her the focus of his smear campaign:
But it appears Rove was more focused on Wilson's background, politics and claims he ostensibly had made that his mission was initiated at the request of the vice president.
Rove mentioned to reporters that Wilson's wife had suggested or arranged the trip. The idea apparently was to undermine its import by suggesting that the mission was really "a boondoggle set up by his wife," as an administration official described the trip to a reporter, according to an account in the Washington Post.
Second, the worst one can say about Wilson is that perhaps his findings on Niger were not viewed quite as conclusive as he may claim -- but then again, as the article makes clear, any CIA intelligence that countered the administration's desires was treated with skepticism at that time.

Finally, the article is not kind to the wonderful Mr. Cooper and his employer, Time magazine. Turns out there's a not-so-noble reason why Matt Cooper did not approach Karl Rove for a waiver in early 2004, but waited until 2005 -- long after the presidential elections. Excerpt after the jump here.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.