The following was posted today on Truth Out. They are sticking to their guns and justifiably so. Time will tell.
Information Sharing on the Rove Indictment Story
I’d like to break this posting into two categories: What we know, and what we believe. They will be clearly marked.
We know that we have now three independent sources confirming that
attorneys for Karl Rove were handed an indictment either late in the
night of May 12 or early in the morning of May 13. We know that each
source was in a position to know what they were talking about. We know
that the office of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald will not confirm,
will not deny, will not comment on its investigation or on our report.
We know that both Rove’s attorney Robert Luskin and Rove’s spokesman
Mark Corallo have categorically denied all key facts we have set forth.
We know we have information that directly contradicts Luskin and
Corallo’s denials. We know that there were two network news crews
outside of the building in Washington, DC that houses the offices of
Patton Boggs, the law firm that represents Karl Rove. We know that the
4th floor of that building (where the Patton Boggs offices are located)
was locked down all day Friday and into Saturday night. We know that we
have not received a request for a retraction from anyone. And we know
that White House spokesman Tony Snow now refuses to discuss Karl Rove -
Further, we know – and we want our readers to know – that we are
dependent on confidential sources. We know that a report based solely
on information obtained from confidential sources bears some inherent
risks. We know that this is – by far – the biggest story we have ever
covered, and that we are learning some things as we go along. Finally,
we know that we have the support of those who have always supported us,
and that must now earn the support of those who have joined us as of
We now move on to what we believe. (If you are looking for any guarantees, please turn back now.)
We believe that we hit a nerve with our report. When I get calls on my cell phone from Karl Rove’s attorney and spokesman, I have to wonder what’s up. "I" believe – but cannot confirm – that Mark Corallo, Karl Rove’s spokesman gave Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post my phone number. I believe Howard Kurtz contacted me with the intention of writing a piece critical of our organization. I know that Anne Marie Squeo of the Wall Street Journal attacked us and independent journalism as a whole in her piece titled, "Rove’s Camp Takes Center of Web Storm / Bloggers Underscore How Net’s Reporting, Dynamics Provide Grist for the Rumor Mill." We believe that rolling out that much conservative journalistic muscle to rebut this story is telling. And we believe that Rove’s camp is making a concerted effort to discredit our story and our organization.
Further – and again this is "What We Believe" – Rove may be turning state’s evidence. We suspect that the scope of Fitzgerald’s investigation may have broadened – clearly to Cheney – and according to one "off the record source" to individuals and events not directly related to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. We believe that the indictment which does exist against Karl Rove is sealed. Finally, we believe that there is currently a great deal of activity in the Plame investigation.
We know that this story is of vital interest to the community, and that providing as much information as we can is very important to our readers. We want you to know that this is challenging territory and that we are proceeding with as much speed as the terrain will allow.