FindLaw's Writ - Sebok: If Karl Rove is the White House Leaker, But He Broke No Criminal Laws, Could Valerie Plame Still Sue Him for Revealing Her Identity?
This is something else that was brought up in the hearings last week regarding the CIA leak. I wish that I could recall which person said it, but it makes perfect sense when you think about it.
When all you have is one source of information, you need to "confirm" it right?
Without that confirmation you really can't publish it (unless you're Fox News, or any of the vitriolic right-wing radio jerks like Rush and Savage) it's just a rumor at that point.
So Mr. Sebok's statement "If all the White House did was to confirm what journalists already knew," doesn't hold water.