The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, July 18, 2005

Right-wing defenses of Rove don't hold water

As I mentioned in a post earlier today, the defenses mounted on behalf of Rove are based on his not actually using Valerie Plame's name (although, since he said "Joseph Wilson's wife," that's pretty much academic) and that Rove didn't know she was undercover. And anyway, he didn't mean to rat her out.

Unfortunately for Rove, that ol' chestnut about ignorance of the law notwithstanding, he signed a security agreement that demands he take responsibility:

Under the nondisclosure agreement and the applicable executive order, even "negligent" disclosures to reporters are grounds for revocation of a security clearance or dismissal.

Thanks to the mysterious Cipher for bringing this to my attention.