There's a popular maxim in Washington, D.C.: "Nothing's harder than getting fired from the federal government." Doesn't matter if you regularly show up to work inebriated (something I've witnessed personally). And apparently doesn't matter if you jeopardize national security—outing an undercover CIA agent—in the name of defending a plan for war whose stated goal is "protecting national security." This is why the folks at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington were quick to call on the White House to revoke Rove's security clearance in light of the new evidence against him.
CREW's director, Melanie Sloan, issued the following statement yesterday:
---By disclosing Ms. Plame’s identity as a covert operative, Rove may have violated a federal law that makes it a crime to “intentionally disclose any information identifying