Monday, October 24, 2005

CHENEY TOLD LIBBY OF PLAME

Here's the initial link, at rawstory.

Is it Fitzmas yet? Is it Fitzukkah? Something? Fitzgiving?

(Am having serious serious technical problems here today and yesterday; blogger just told me to give up, so I did. Lost all my links and all my custom tweakings; I'll bring them back as soon as I can.)

Scroll far far below for old old story on John Bolton, Mr. Moustache.

I'm still betting it was he--Bolton, Mr. Moustache--who was in charge of the "work-up" on Joe Wilson that Joe Wilson became aware of. Wonder if those intercepts Bolton held so close to his vest were all about Wilson and Plame, as well.

All put together, that would make a nice case for outing a CIA NOC as political retaliation against a whistleblower.

Let's hear it for the good guys in the CIA.

Let's hear it for real virtue in general.


More via the NY Times:


"CHENEY TOLD AIDE OF CIA OFFICER, NOTES SHOW


By DAVID JOHNSTON, RICHARD W. STEVENSON and DOUGLAS JEHL

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 — I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby’s testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.

The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration’s handling of intelligence about Iraq’s nuclear program to justify the war.

Lawyers said the notes show that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003. . . "


Oh dearie dear--and, as I understand it, Mr. Libby failed to testify to events under oath in the manner supported by his own notes . . .

Looks like, for a change, someone in the Bush administration actually might be held responsible for something . . .

More later.









2 comments:

Stephanie said...

god, it really is christmas.

enigma4ever said...

Really good post...and yes, thanks for reminding us of MrStache and his role- and yes, he would help screw a whistleblower and he has experience and expertise to lend to this process....