This week Robert Novak has broken his silence, which should have settled once and for all that there was no conspiracy to "out" the not-so-secret "spy," Valerie Plame. (The transcript of Novak's appearance on Special Report with Brit Hume is linked above.)
So what do Plame and husband Joe Wilson do? Just what you'd expect an "undercover" CIA operative who's listed in Who's Who and poses for Vanity Fair to do: they filed a nuisance suit against the Vice President and others for conspiring to destroy Plame's career.
John Podhoretz predicts that before this is all over, Plame and Wilson may become laughingstocks.
Not if the "mainstream" media can help it.
Isn't it interesting, in this case we have an alleged leak amounting to nothing, which the media has treated as a crime of the greatest magnitude. Yet when there have been real leaks to the media, about serious matters such as classified intelligence programs, then the leakers are noble public servants helping the media to protect the public from the government.
Captain's Quarters has entertaining analysis here and here.