ROVE AND NOVAK….Here’s the latest spin from the White House: a lawyer involved in the Plame case says that Karl Rove did talk to Robert Novak about Valerie Plame, but only after Novak brought it up first! Today’s rather carefully orchestrated story claims that Novak called Rove and told him about Plame, after which Rove is alleged to have said innocently, “I heard that, too.”

And how is it that Rove was able to confirm Novak’s story? The Washington Post, working from the same source, says Rove heard it from a reporter. “I don’t think that he has a clear recollection,” the lawyer said. “He’s told [investigators] that he believes he may have heard it from a journalist.”

Well, maybe so. Maybe he heard it from Judith Miller. Who knows?

I’m pretty much just blogging this for the record. This story has obviously been so carefully leaked that it’s hard to know if there’s any actual truth value to it. You can make up your own mind about that, I suppose. But in any case, that’s the latest.