NOVAK: Well, that's what I can't reveal until this case is finished. I hope it is finished soon. And when it does, I agree with Mr. Safire, I will reveal all in a column and on the air.[...]
HENRY: No, but some people feel if you would come forward with the information that you have, that maybe they would not go to jail.
NOVAK: But you don't know -- Ed, you don't know anything about the case. And those people who say that don't know anything about the case. And unfortunately, as somebody who likes to write, I'd like to say a lot about the case, but because of my attorney's advice I can't. But I will. And there might be some surprising things.
The case stems from a July 14, 2003 column by Robert Novak in which he revealed Valeria Plame's identity as a CIA operative. Novak, who also is a CNN contributor, attributed the information to two senior administration officials.
Plame's husband is Joe Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Wilson charged that his wife's name was leaked to retaliate against him after he disputed Bush administration statements that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase uranium in Africa.
Cooper, along with two other Time reporters, wrote a story on the issue three days after Novak's column was published. Miller faces jail time for refusing to reveal sources she developed during her reporting, even though she never actually wrote a story on Plame or Wilson.
The subpoena issued to Time seeks documents relating to "conversations between Cooper and official source(s) prior to July 14, 2003 concerning in any way" Wilson, Wilson's 2002 trip to Niger, Plame, and any affiliation between Plame and the CIA.
There was a point when I thought this could be a scandal to start the domino effect taking down the house of cards. I've always wanted the source revealed, but I've been very sympathetic to Matt Cooper and the integrity of his sources. We're all tired of the anonymous official source, but in this case the source broke the law, and Cooper finds himself under court order. A tough situation.