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Scott McClellan

Democrats spin conspiracy theory around Rove

WASHINGTON - A spy outed. A reporter jailed. And now, a White House operative fingered. Democrats couldn't have spun a more intriguing conspiracy theory around Karl Rove, President Bush's political guru and top adviser, if they'd tried. As Rove emerges as a central figure in an ever-more-provocative case involving the unmasking of a CIA agent, Democrats and liberal groups are seizing on the story as proof of their more sweeping charge that Bush has put partisan loyalty and political advantage ahead of national security. Recent news accounts have stirred speculation that Rove exposed the identity of Valerie Plame, whose husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV,...