I just love that the Bush White House was able to keep secret the biggest secret in Washington. Perhaps that will put into perspective whenever you hear a story prefaced by "sources say." With this White House, many of those sources don't know anything. Between this story and the one about Rehnquist stepping down, it seems that one or two big mouths were able to start a huge echo chamber of rumormongering, very little of which was, apparently, accurate.
I suspect that a lot of those supposed leaks were coming from senators and interest groups. People who don't know but have an incentive to pretend that they know. Those who really know don't have to get their egos pumped up by leaking to the press.
And don't get started on talking about Rove and leaks. Telling reporters that they have a story wrong is not exactly a leak. And, and, ..... I'm so sick of that story that I don't even want to go into it. If you're still bent out of shape about Nadagate, check out Tom Maguire's site and all his posts on the subject, Andrew McCarthy's article on how Plame's name had already been leaked...by the CIA itself, and Christopher Hitchens column at Slate about what a nothing of a scandal this is. There is a lot more out there refuting all the liberal talking points, but I grow weary of this story. Until Fitzgerald makes his reports, let's stop playing the Queen of Hearts with verdict first and trial later.