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New court filing shows Cheney wrote note about Plame

May 14, 2006


— In a new court filing, the prosecutor in the CIA leak case revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney made handwritten references to CIA officer Valerie Plame - albeit not by name - before her identity was publicly exposed.

The new court filing is the second in little more than a month by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald mentioning Cheney as being closely focused with his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, on Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, who is married to Plame.

With the two court filings, Fitzgerald has pointed to an important role for the vice president in the weeks leading up to the leaking of Plame's identity.

In the latest court filing late Friday, Fitzgerald said he intends to introduce at Libby's trial in January a copy of Wilson's op-ed article in The New York Times "bearing handwritten notations by the vice president." The article was published on July 6, 2003, eight days before Plame's identity was exposed by conservative columnist Bob Novak.

The notations "support the proposition that publication of the Wilson Op Ed acutely focused the attention of the vice president and the defendant - his chief of staff - on Mr. Wilson, on the assertions made in the article and on responding to those assertions."

The article containing Cheney's notes "reflects the contemporaneous reaction of the vice president to Mr. Wilson's Op Ed article," the prosecutor said. "This is relevant to establishing some of the facts that were viewed as important by the defendant's immediate superior, including whether Mr. Wilson's wife had 'sent him on a junket,'" the filing states.

The reference is to the fact that the CIA sent Wilson on a trip to Africa in 2002 to check out a report that Iraq had made attempts to acquire uranium yellowcake from Niger.

Wilson concluded that it was highly doubtful an agreement to purchase uranium had been made.

The Bush administration used the intelligence on supposed efforts by Iraq to acquire uranium from Africa to bolster its case for going to war.

After the invasion, with the Bush White House under pressure because no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, Wilson wrote the op ed piece for The Times. In it, he accused the Bush administration of exaggerating prewar intelligence to exaggerate an Iraqi threat from weapons of mass destruction.

Defending the administration against Wilson's accusations, Libby and presidential adviser Karl Rove promoted the idea that Wilson's wife, Plame, had sent him on the trip to Africa. Administration critics have said such a move was an attempt to undercut Wilson's credibility.


Richard Heckler 11 years, 11 months ago

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xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago


Oh yes. One thing though, the affairs of the nation are so screwed up I doubt if we can afford the cacophony of partisan bickering when the national debt is $9 trillion, the middle class is stretched to the wall, and economists are, as gently as possible, preparing the young for "lower standards of living."

We are aware by now that Dubbya and his bunch are pikers; the sooner they are gone and someone competent takes over, the better. But they should focus on competence, on doing the public's business, and not focus on spite or revenge.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago

Make sure Dubbya, Karl Rove (news of whose indictment we can expect shortly), Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney are included. They focused too much on the memory of Iraqi soldiers surrendering to an unmanned drone in the first Gulf War; they told Dubbya to go ahead and invade.

Don't be surpised if the Republicans throw a few sacrificial victims to the wolves to take the heat off themselves.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago

Arminitwit is a liar. Maybe he's one of those pathological twits who can't help themselves; however, the awful reality remains that he is a liar.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago


What about impeaching Cheney? Rove will probably sell him out to save his own skin. If Cheney was involved, as it seems he was if we are to believe Fox News, of all media organizations, then maybe, when Democrats take power in November, Cheney can be impeached and that would pretty much end the need for more partisan blood-letting.

xenophonschild 11 years, 11 months ago

If Cheney is impeached, does that make Dennis Hastert V.P. in his place? Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

BTW, wonder how many of us the NSA has been monitoring our phone habits?

Is Arminitwit anal-retentive, or what? He reads a plethora of right-wing journals and on-line magazines, accepts their drivel at face value, and quotes them as seemingly objective sources. I'd feel sorry for him were I a better human being, but I'm not . . . and he's a liar.

paladin 11 years, 11 months ago

Would anybody actually follow a Lt. George W. Bush into combat? In a real-life situation? I think I might know what would happen.

badger 11 years, 11 months ago

See, now, the thing about Kirk was that he got all the girls. He was just ballsy, and if he wanted to kiss some green-skinned voluptuous blonde in a costume borrowed from the 'I Dream of Jeannie" set, then full speed ahead and Prime Directive be damned!

Prime Directive? What's that? Piffle on you and your Prime Directive!

Whereas, Picard was much less of a barbarian. He was, in fact, civilisation itself, tea in hand and vague innuendoes about the ship's doctor under firm emotional control. Where Kirk was a ripped-shirt counterintellectual regular guy he-man, Picard represented the more refined viewpoint, occasionally painfully hamstrung by moral and ethical dilemmas, but a much less catastrophic force within the galaxy.

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