NBC News is reporting that Mary McCarthy, while acknowledging that she had contacts with the Washington Post’s Dana Priest, denies revealing any classified information. What now? Well, using the template established in the Plame/Fitzgerald investigation, the next steps seem clear. First, the Justice Department will begin an investigation. Then, McCarthy, like Lewis Libby, Karl Rove, and many White House staffers, will sign a waiver releasing Priest from any pledge of confidentiality. Next, prosecutors will subpoena Priest to tell prosecutors what McCarthy told her. Then, if Priest argues that McCarthy’s waiver was coerced, McCarthy will assure Priest that it was given willingly and give her blessing to Priest’s testimony. And then Priest, like Judith Miller, Matthew Cooper, and others, will — under oath — tell prosecutors precisely what McCarthy said.