I’m not sure what “frog-marching” is, but Joseph Wilson, the former US ambassador who publicly challenged Bush’s “Niger-yellowcake” allegations, is ready to see Karl Rove “frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs.” Apparently, a senior White House official is responsible for the leak to six reporters (including Robert Novak who went public with the information) that revealed that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA agent investigating weapons of mass desctruction. CalPundit has an excellent summary of the situation to-date, and his frustration at the apparent cynicism of the Bush administration pretty much sums up my feelings, too. It’s important to note that Bush himself isn’t implicated in in the scandal, but an administration that is willing to reveal the identities of high-level agents for political purposes is playing a dirty and illegal game.
Kind of makes Whitewater look a little less significant now. Well deserved credit to Nation reporter David Corn (as well as the Washington Post reporters cited above) for blowing the cover off this story. Looks like Ashcroft won’t be able to hide from this one.