Of course, Rove's lawyer is defending this inexcusable and despicable act in the most technical of ways...
"Karl did nothing wrong. Karl didn't disclose Valerie Plame's identity to Mr. Cooper or anybody else."
And he's technically correct. Karl Rove didn't tell the reporter that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. He told the reporter that Joseph Wilson's *wife* worked for the CIA... and he also apparently wasn't the one who told Bob Novak, the scumsucker who leaked Valerie Plame's identity, that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent either.
Rather, he probably had some other lackey take care of it... hell, the White House appear to have practically phonebanked the press on this issue, but only one "reporter" was stupid enough to play in to their attempted smear campaign against Wilson, for basically saying that the Bush administration lied about Iraq buying Nigerian "yellowcake" uranium.
I'm sure that Rove is perfectly innocent of leaking the name of Wilson's wife to reporters. Why do that when you can delegate?! Which, of course, is a conspiracy, but still... it's one that is hard to prove when Bush media whores like Bob Novak and Judith Miller are willing to cover up for the Bush administration.
Hard to prove, but not impossible. It will all come out, I'm sure, leaving Rove's lawyer with just one last ditch defense to use. If the worst comes to pass, Rove's lawyer will no doubt say that since Rove leaked a CIA agent's identity -- if not their name -- on "double super secret background", that he should, by definition, get "double super secret probation". Everybody knows that's just the way it works, right?!
Failing that, they could also attempt the "blow job" defense, throw a toga party, go on a road trip...