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The New York Times reported Dick Cheney may have been the original source on the Valerie Plame leak although the amount of knowledge he had regarding her is up in the air.
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.
Lawyers involved in the case, who described the notes to The New York Times, said they showed 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.
It would not be illegal for either Mr. Cheney or Mr. Libby, both of whom are presumably cleared to know the government's deepest secrets, to discuss a C.I.A. officer or her link to a critic of the administration. But any effort by Mr. Libby to steer investigators away from his conversation with Mr. Cheney could be considered by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the case, to be an illegal effort to impede the inquiry.
On Monday, Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby both attended a cabinet meeting with Mr. Bush as the White House continued trying to portray business as usual. But the assumption among White House officials is that anyone who is indicted will step aside.
The writing is plain. The outing of Valerie Plame Wilson was part of a campaign to not only discredit her husband Joe Wilson but also to show the price you pay for crossing the administration. The thing is nobody will go to jail for that, it will be because they lied about it under oath. It's always the simple things that get you. It also shows they can pretty much do what they want as long as they don't lie about it.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:27 AM
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Of course. He will get off by the fact that it is only a crime if it was done knowingly. He will just lie and say what he needs to get off the hook. Republicans just do what they want anyway and to hell with the law.
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