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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Cheney is implicated further in Plamegate.

New evidence from the Plamegate investigaton puts VP Dick Cheney closer to the center of in the effort to discredit Joseph Wilson than had been previously believed.


Fitzgerald is this close to getting me!

VP Cheney shows how far from the center of Plamegate the new information puts him.

 In July 2003, says journalist Murray Waas, Cheney ordered Lewis Libby to leak a highly classified CIA report to the media in the hopes that this report would undermine Wilson's criticisms of Dubya's Iraq policy. Waas gleaned this new information from Libby's testimony to the Plamegate grand jury and from unidentified sources who have read the report.

The document leaked by Libby was a CIA debriefing of Wilson after he returned from his mission to Niger to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium from that country. It was Wilson's later public revelation that those claims were false that put him on the Dubya administration's enemies list. Waas notes, however, that this report did not mention Valerie Plame, who was Wilson's wife and covert CIA operative.
The previously unreported grand jury testimony is significant because only hours after Cheney reportedly instructed Libby to disclose information from the CIA report, Libby divulged to then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine correspondent Matthew Cooper that Plame was a CIA officer, and that she been involved in selecting her husband for the Niger mission.

Both Libby and Cheney have repeatedly insisted that the vice president never encouraged, directed, or authorized Libby to disclose Plame's identity. In a court filing on April 12, Libby's attorneys reiterated: "Consistent with his grand jury testimony, Mr. Libby does not contend that he was instructed to make any disclosures concerning Ms. Wilson [Plame] by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, or anyone else."

But the disclosure that Cheney instructed Libby to leak portions of a classified CIA report on Joseph Wilson adds to a growing body of information showing that at the time Plame was outed as a covert CIA officer the vice president was deeply involved in the White House effort to undermine her husband.
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As usual, there's tons of detail in Waas' story, which we highly recommend that you read. You'll find it here.

We also recommend Waas' earlier story about the evidence connecting Dubya to the Plamegate leaks.

Via National Journal.

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