Press Secretary Scott McClellan gently elbowed the President to the side of the podium and denied strenuously that either Karl Rove, advisor to the President, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr., assistant to elusive Vice-President Cheney, or Elliot Abrams, leftover war criminal from the Reagan Administration, had been involved in the leaks. Neither Libby, Jr. nor Abrams had previously been suspected in leaking the identity of a CIA asset, a federal offense.
Meanwhile, President Bush has extended the deadline for submitting diaries, emails, memos and other incriminating evidence to the Justice Department. Over 2,000 White House employees worked busily past midnight Saturday shredding, burning and hiding the evidence in shoeboxes.
Columnist Robert Novak is in federal custody at ?Camp X-Ray? in Guantanamo Bay. Novak published the name of Valerie Plame, CIA employee and wife of former Ambassador Wilson, and identified her as a CIA employee in a July 14 newspaper column. He is currently wearing a bag over his head and undergoing interrogation 24/7 by a crack team of CIA interrogators.
The Central Intelligence Agency is reportedly "fuming" about the public disclosure of a CIA asset. Director George Tenet vowed to "nail Novak's ass to his head", Agency slang for giving someone a very hard time and ensuring they are "truly sorry" and will never do it again.