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Thursday, February 09, 2006

did Cheney authorize Libby to leak Plame identity?

Wow, the Scooter Libby prosecution gets more interesting by the day.  The National Journal reported today (here) that Scooter Libby's defense may consist of implicating VP Dick Cheney as one of his "superiors" who authorized him to leak classified information generally to bolster Bush's case for war -- permission that perhaps Libby could argue included the disclosure of the classified identity of a CIA operative (Valerie Plame) to discredit her husband Joe Wilson (who criticized Bush's case for invading Iraq).  More here from Reuters; NBC; ABC.  Frankly, as of yet, I don't see how this potential defense -- if it even proves to be a part of Libby's defense -- negates the perjury charge.

Related post:  Scooter Libby trial: Pat Fitzgerald v. Ted Wells

Posted by Elee on February 9, 2006 at 09:01 PM in Criminal Law | Permalink

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It presents two possibilities, one is greymail by Scooter's lawyers which Fitz has shut down for now anyway, and the other is that if Fitz persues this to the Whitehouse they invoke executive privledge and that ends things beyond lying to the GJ. The Plame leak goes unpunished. I wonder if Tom Clancy is taking notes.

Posted by: Dash | Feb 10, 2006 7:14:49 AM

found you in google blogsearch. there is no end to the cover ups, secret programs, and covert operations under Mr. Danger. i think i feel the winds of change blowing...

Posted by: worstweatherever | Feb 10, 2006 2:00:45 AM

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