**My thanks to the leftcoaster for their work on gathering a lot of this data**
These are the facts.
1) Under section 421 of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the disclosure of "ANY INFORMATION identifying a covert agent " is illegal.
2) In the released Cooper email, it is quite clear that Karl Rove stated that Joseph Wilson 's wife was an agent working for the CIA on WMD.
Karl Rove committed treason against the United States of America by violating section 421 of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, by revealing the secret identity of a covert operative to a reporter.
Now to the spin:
Spin-Cycle # 1 Valerie Plame was not covert.
This is rapidly becoming a favorite of the noise machine. They have trotted out such proof that Joe Wilson actually went out in public with his wife. Their evidence also now includes that Valerie Plame commuted to work. Wow. Let us clarify for the truly dense. The accusation is not that Karl Rove let a reporter know that Joe Wilson had a wife, but that his wife was an UNDERCOVER AGENT! The fact of the matter is Valerie Plame most definitely WAS a covert operative, as detailed here by someone who went to spy school with her:
As Mr. Johnson points out, Ms. Plame was a non-official cover agent, or a NOC. Anyone who saw the Mission Impossible movie with Tom Cruise will remember that the "NOC List " was the subject of the plot, where Cruise was trying to keep this secret information out of the hands of the bad guys. Too bad Karl Rove apparently missed the movie.
This one is designed to sound so simplistic that people might walk away in disbelief, not realizing they just got snookered. Referring back to the law that was violated, her name does not have to be leaked, only "ANY INFORMATION identifying a covert agent ". I think it is reasonable to say that Rove certainly identified Ms. Plame, specifically as an agent for the CIA.
Spin-Cycle # 3 Karl Rove never knew that Valerie Plame was covert.