An unsigned Oregonian editorial today about the potential jailing of TIME Magazine’s Matthew Cooper had Dad riled up this afternoon. In an otherwise fairly reasonable evaluation of the balance between the need of a journalist to protect confidential sources and the government to conduct an investigation, it has this to say about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame:
Conspiracists speculate that someone leaked the woman’s name, ruining her career, to get revenge on her husband, a former ambassador who publicly criticized the Bush administration.
Is it just conspiracists who believe that? Does the Big O have an alternative theory? One that involves a White House office full of monkeys, typewriters, and an extremely odd coincidence?