Secret Snitch

SECRET SNITCH….Via Josh, the New York Daily News reports that the reason Patrick Fitzgerald has made such good progress in the Valerie Plame case is that he’s gotten help from a “secret snitch”:

“They have got a senior cooperating witness ? someone who is giving them all of that,” a source who has been questioned in the leak probe told the Daily News yesterday.

I think that’s right. In fact, it might be the same “senior administration official” who originally told Mike Allen and Dana Priest the blockbuster news that the White House had tried to peddle the Plame story to six journalists. “Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,” their source told them, a pretty good indication that he was genuinely upset by this whole mess. The same source confirmed the story a couple of weeks later, and I’ve seen subsequent blind quotes that, to my ears, sound like they may have come from the same person.

So yes: I think there’s someone in the White House who was genuinely shocked by what happened and has probably cooperated with both reporters and with Fitzgerald to break open this case. But who?