“Leaker” Karl Rove Says Prosecute Leakers
Karl Rove told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday that “every American has sympathy for the release of confidential secret information of the government” but that the news about Rosen was “deeply troubling.”
“The focus should be on the people who break their oath and put the American people at risk, not on reporters who gather this information,” Rove explained. “That should not be the focus of these investigations.”
“We had to confront this question during the Bush administration. There were leaks of classified information and in each and every instance, the focus was on the potential leak, not the reporter who received it,” he continued. “Can you imagine what would have happened if The New York Times, which was the recipient of a number of those confidential leaks, if the Bush administration had asked for the phone records — secretly asked for the phone records of up to 100 of editors and reporters at The New York Times?”
Kelly reminded Rove that he had a role in leaking Valerie Plame’s identity, and that former New York Times reporter Judy Miller — who now works for Fox News — was jailed for 85 days for refusing to testify against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff.
(Source: RawStory.com and Fox News)