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A LEAKY PRESIDENT RUNS AFOUL OF 'LITTLE RICO'
by Greg Palast
Sunday, April 9, 2006
It's a crime. No kidding. But the media has it all wrong. As usual.
'Scooter' Libby finally outed 'Mr. Big,' the perpetrator of the heinous disclosure of the name of secret agent Valerie Plame.
It was the President of United States himself -- in conspiracy with his Vice-President. Now the pundits are arguing over
whether our war-a-holic President had the legal right to leak this national security information. But, that's a fake debate
meant to distract you.
OK, let's accept the White House alibi that releasing Plame's identity was no crime. But if that's true, they've committed
a BIGGER crime: Bush and Cheney knowingly withheld vital information from a grand jury investigation, a multimillion
dollar inquiry the perps themselves authorized. That's akin to calling in a false fire alarm or calling the cops for a burglary
that never happened -- but far, far worse. Let's not forget that in the hunt for the perpetrator of this non-crime, reporter
Judith Miller went to jail.
04/06/2006 @ 4:07 pm
Filed by RAW STORY
After today's claim by Ex-VP chief of staff "Scooter" Libby that he was lead to believe the President
had approved the leak of classified information to reporters, Democrats have called for the President to
"President Bush must fully disclose his participation in the selective leaking of classified information," said
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in a brief statement. "It's time for the President to come clean about his
involvement in the leak case."
The statement was accompanied by eight of the numerous instances in which Bush or his spokesman, White
House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, denied the President had knowledge of the leak.
By Patrick Martin
08 April 2006
The revelation that President Bush personally approved the release of highly classified information
to retaliate against a critic of the Iraq war is a major political event. Once again, the modus operandi
of this government is revealed: distortion, falsification, manipulation of the media, secretive methods,
dirty tricks, all to defend its ongoing criminal enterprise, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
The source of this exposure is a 39-page document filed late Wednesday night by US Attorney Patrick
Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the Bush administration campaign to punish former
ambassador Joseph Wilson for publicly challenging the principal pretext for the invasion of Iraq, the
claim that Saddam Hussein was on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapons capability that would
allow him to slip an atomic bomb to Al Qaeda.
Progress Report - April 7, 2006
Yesterday, a court filing disclosed that President Bush specifically authorized Vice President
Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby to disclose classified information in an effort to discredit
Joseph Wilson, a former CIA adviser whose criticisms undermined the administration's case for
war. According to the 39-page document submitted by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald on late
Wednesday night, Libby testified that Cheney "advised him that the President had authorized [Libby]
to disclose relevant portions" of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (N.I.E.), the key CIA
document that the administration used to persuade Congress and the American public into war. The
court filing "for the first time places Bush and Vice President Cheney at the heart of what Libby testified
was an exceptional and deliberate leak of material designed to buttress the administration's claim that Iraq
was trying to obtain nuclear weapons." While the document does not address the issue of whether Bush
was personally involved in specifically leaking Valerie Plame's identity, it is clear from the timing of the
leak authorization by President Bush that he was personally involved in the administration-wide effort to
smear Joseph Wilson by any means necessary.
Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments
NSC, Cheney Aides Conspired to Out CIA Operative
Monday 20 February 2006
The investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is heating
up. Evidence is mounting that senior officials in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney
and the National Security Council conspired to unmask Plame Wilson's identity to reporters
in an effort to stop her husband from publicly criticizing the administration's pre-war Iraq
intelligence, according to sources close to the two-year-old probe.
In recent weeks, investigators working for Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald have narrowed
their focus to a specific group of officials who played a direct role in pushing the White House to
cite bogus documents claiming that Iraq attempted to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger,
which Plame Wilson's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had exposed as highly suspect.
Cheney Spearheaded Effort to Discredit Wilson
Thursday 09 February 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen
Hadley led a campaign beginning in March 2003 to discredit former Ambassador Joseph
Wilson for publicly criticizing the Bush administration's intelligence on Iraq, according to
current and former administration officials.
The officials work or had worked in the State Department, the CIA and the National
Security Council in a senior capacity and had direct knowledge of the Vice President's
campaign to discredit Wilson.
In interviews over the course of two days this week, these officials were urged to
speak on the record for this story. But they resisted, saying they had already testified
before a grand jury investigating the leak of Wilson's wife, covert CIA operative Valerie
Plame Wilson, and added that speaking out against the administration and specifically
Vice President Cheney would cause them to lose their jobs and subject their families to
vitriolic attacks by the White House.
The officials said they decided to speak out now because they have become disillusioned
with the Bush administration's policies regarding Iraq and the flawed intelligence that led to the war.
They said their roles, along with several others at the CIA and State Department, included
digging up or "inventing" embarrassing information on the former Ambassador that could be
used against him, preparing memos and classified material on Wilson for Cheney and the
National Security Council, and attending meetings in Cheney's office to discuss with Cheney,
Hadley, and others the efforts that would be taken to discredit Wilson.
Leak Probe Not Seen to End with Rove, Lawyers Say
By JAMES STERNGOLD
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is charged with obstructing justice and lying in the
CIA leak case, has hired a leading expert in using classified information in criminal
trials, giving an early hint of his possible defense strategy.
Fitzgerald's probe, from the outset, has centered on an obscure but powerful White House
unit, the White House Iraq Group, which was constituted in July-August 2002, to coordinate
all Bush-Cheney Administration efforts to win support for an Iraq invasion. Rove and Libby,
along with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, National Security Advisor Condoleezza
Rice, her deputy Stephen Hadley, White House Counsellor Karen Hughes, and a half-dozen
other White House and NSC senior staffers were all part of the WHIG.
New York Times reporter Judith Miller functioned as an asset of the WHIG, publishing a
series of stories, based on disinformation provided by alleged Iraqi "defectors" who were
provided to Miller by Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC). Those stories were,
in turn, promoted by Cheney, Rice, et al. as justification for going to war to unseat Saddam Hussein.
Vice President Lied as White House Sought to Defuse Leak Inquiry
Monday 07 November 2005
Did Vice President Dick Cheney help cover-up the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie
Plame Wilson in the months after conservative columnist Robert Novak first disclosed her identity?
That's one of the questions Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is likely trying to figure out.
It's unclear what Cheney said to investigators back in 2004 when he was questioned - not under
oath - about the leak, particularly what he knew and when he knew it.
A Cheney-Libby conspiracy, or worse? Reading between
the lines of the Libby indictment
work of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald; to bring them down to the realistic level at which
he was likely to proceed. I warned, for instance, that there might not be any indictments, and
Fitzgerald might close up shop as the last days of the grand jury's term elapsed. And I was
certain he would only indict if he had a patently clear case.
Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby as the defendant, and charging false statements, perjury and
obstruction of justice. If the indictment is to be believed, the case against Libby is, indeed,
a clear one.
fact, I will be stunned if no one else is indicted.
Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 02:33:59 PM EDT :: The Senate
In the wake of Fitzgerald's indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Harry Reid and the
Democrats forced the Senate into an historic closed session. This brings all other Senate
business to a halt, as the Democratic caucus demands answers as to why the Republican
controlled Congress is stonewalling on investigations into pre-war intelligence handling,
and the decision to invade Iraq.
Italy's intelligence chief met with Deputy National Security
Adviser Stephen Hadley just a month before the Niger forgeries
By Laura Rozen
investigation, questions are again being raised about the intelligence scandal that led to
the appointment of the special counsel: namely, how the Bush White House obtained
false Italian intelligence reports claiming that Iraq had tried to buy uranium "yellowcake"
The White House announced today that it is elevating two members of Cheney’s
staff who are named in the Scooter Libby indictment.
At the Washington Post online yesterday, Jeff Morley raised the possibility that last
year's Dan Rather/National Guard papers scandal may have prevented CBS's 60 Minutes
from airing a story on the origins of the Niger forgeries. Referring to Elisabetta Burba, the
Italian journalist who was offered the forgeries in October 2002, Morley writes ...
By: Josh Marshall
At various points over the last two years, I've discussed here at Talking Points Memo reporting I've done
on the origins of the Niger forgeries. I've never put all the reporting in one place; and until now
there was still a good bit of information I wasn't at liberty to report. This is the first of a series
of installments I'm going to publish here at TPM in which I will lay out the story as I understand
it based on my own reporting and research.
By: Josh Marshall
By Robert Parry
As an outsider to Washington, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald appears to have misunderstood
the finer points of how national security classifications work when a secret is as discrete – and sensitive –
as the identity of an undercover CIA officer.
Fitzgerald leaves the false impression that it was all right for White House officials with security clearances
to be discussing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, a counter-proliferation official under deep cover.
Who?s on First?
Saturday 29 October 2005
It was bracing to see the son of a New York doorman open the door on the mendacious
Washington lair of the Lord of the Underground.
But this Irish priest of the law, Patrick Fitzgerald, neither Democrat nor Republican, was
very strict, very precise. He wasn't totally gratifying in clearing up the murkiness of the case,
yet strangely comforting in his quaint black-and-white notions of truth and honor (except
when his wacky baseball metaphor seemed to veer toward a "Who's on first?" tangle).
"This indictment's not about the propriety of the war," he told reporters yesterday in his
big Eliot Ness moment at the Justice Department. The indictment was simply about whether
the son of an investment banker perjured himself before a grand jury and the F.B.I.
Indictment doesn't clear up mystery at heart of CIA leak probe
WASHINGTON - At the heart of Friday's indictment of a top White House aide remain
two unsolved mysteries.
Who forged the documents that claimed Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear
weapons in the African country of Niger?
How did a version of the tale get into President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address,
even though U.S. intelligence agencies never confirmed it and some intelligence analysts doubted it?
Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who found no substance to the alleged deal during a
CIA-sponsored trip to Niger, accused Bush in July 2003 of twisting the intelligence.
Our 27 Months of Hell
Bush White House against my wife and me, it is tempting to feel vindicated
by Friday's indictment of the vice president's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
The most important criminal case in American history
By Pete Yost / Associated Press
case suggests Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff sought out reporters
in the weeks before an undercover operative's identity was compromised in the
news media, casting doubt on one of the White House's main lines of defense.
Top Aides Talked Before Plame's Name Was Public
By Jim VandeHei and Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post
White House adviser Karl Rove told the grand jury in the CIA leak case that I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, may have told him that CIA
operative Valerie Plame worked for the intelligence agency before her identity was revealed,
a source familiar with Rove's account said yesterday.
October 16, 2005
By FRANK RICH, Op-Ed Columnist
Very little has been written about the White House Iraq Group,
or WHIG. Its inception in August 2002, seven months before the
newspaper article or two mention it in passing, reporting that it had been
set up by Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff. Its eight members
included Mr. Rove, Mr. Libby, Condoleezza Rice and the spinmeisters
Karen Hughes and Mary Matalin. Its mission: to market a war in
examination, sources close to prosecutor say
10/12/2005 @ 10:10 pm
Filed by Jason Leopold
Cheney’s role under scrutiny
Two officials close to Fitzgerald told RAW STORY they have seen documents obtained from the White House Iraq Group which state that Cheney was present at several of the group's meetings. They say Cheney personally discussed with individuals in attendance at least two interviews in May and June of 2003 Wilson gave to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, in which he claimed the administration “twisted” prewar intelligence and what the response from the administration should be.
Focus of CIA Leak Probe Appears to Widen
Rove Scandal: New Mysteries, New Props, New Legal Theories
President Bush's principal adviser Karl Rove is to be questioned again over the improper naming of a CIA official. Mohamed ElBaradei, accused by the American right of being insufficiently aggressive, wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his stalwart work at the helm of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Pentagon official Larry Franklin pleads guilty to passing on classified information to
At the beginning of 2001, a few weeks before George Bush took office, there was a break-in at the
Wayne Madsen Report-Indictments against Cheney, Rove, Libby and Fleischer
Wayne Madsen, at www.waynemadsenreport.com , reported late yesterday that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is on the brink of issuing indictments against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Ari Fleischer on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice, at least. Madsen concludes that much of this is yet speculative, since the entire investigation has been closely guarded, wrapped in extreme secrecy, and virtually without leaks. However, he offers that "knowledgeable sources" in
What Now, Karl?
Scooter Libby and Judy Miller met on July 8, 2003, two days after Joe Wilson published his column. And Patrick Fitzgerald is very interested.
By Murray Waas
The meeting between Libby and Miller has been a central focus of the investigation by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald as to whether any Bush administration official broke the law by unmasking Plame's identity or relied on classified information to discredit former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, according to sources close to the case as well as documents filed in federal court by Fitzgerald.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 - These hot months here will be remembered as the summer of the leak, a time when the political class obsessed on a central question: did Karl Rove, President Bush's powerful adviser, commit a crime when he spoke about a C.I.A. officer with the columnist Robert D. Novak?
Whatever a federal grand jury investigating the case decides, a small political subgroup is experiencing the odd sensation that this leak has sprung before. In 1992 in an incident well known in
Since then, Mr. Rove and Mr. Novak have denied that Mr. Rove was the source, even as Mr. Mosbacher, who no longer talks on the record about the incident, has never changed his original assertion that Mr. Rove was the culprit.
"It's history," Mr. Mosbacher said last week in a brief telephone interview. "I commented on it at the time, and I have nothing to add."
White House Horrors?
By Bernard Weiner
Posted July 21, 2005
At long last, Plamegate -- the scandal surrounding the outing of covert CIA
operative Valerie Plame Wilson by two "senior administration officials" --
has exploded out of the D.C. beltway to become a major national news story.
It would appear that this scandal goes way beyond Karl Rove and who said
what to whom when about Ms. Plame. It certainly is true, though, that turning
over that slimy Rove-Plame rock was the way into the larger issues upon which
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his grand jury apparently are focusing.
Rovegate let's pull the thread!
July 23, 2005 Okay, so America's leading journalists, from Time Magazine, Newsweek, and The New York Times, to the most distinguished writers on the Internet, tell us Rove did it. Outed an undercover CIA operative, Valerie Plame, because her husband, former ambassador and Africa expert Joseph Wilson, the man picked by the CIA to investigate the Italian intelligence's original reports (passed on to England and America) had returned from his African mission and said the reports were "bogus." Thanks for the straight talk, Joe.
It's Bush Too
By Marc Ash,
Sun Jul 24th, 2005
If Bush read the same reports that Rove read describing Valerie Wilson/Plame's status as top secret and knew that Rove or others had provided false testimony or statements to the grand jury or to Fitzgerald and failed to divulge that . . . then he could be charged with obstruction, conspiracy or worse - depending on what darts from under the rug when it's pulled back.
Quote The New York Times:
Sunday, July 24, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation has shifted his focus from whether White House officials violated a law against exposing undercover agents to determining whether evidence exists to bring perjury or obstruction of justice charges, according to people briefed in recent days on the inquiry's status, the Los Angeles Times reports Saturday, RAW STORY has learned.
'shouldn't be shared'
A classified State Department memo that may be pivotal to
the CIA leak case made clear that information identifying an
agent and her role in her husband's intelligence-gathering mission
was sensitive and shouldn't be shared, according to a person
familiar with the document, the (paid-restricted) Wall Street
Journal reports Tuesday. Excerpts follow.
Karl Rove's Nondisclosure Agreement
It doesn't look good for Karl Rove
Cooper's email indicates that Rove told Cooper that
by Jeffrey Steinberg
Within the next days or weeks, it is anticipated that Independent Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald will ask a Federal grand jury to hand down indictments against one or more senior White House officials, for obstruction of justice, perjury, and, perhaps, violation of national security laws banning the public disclosure of the identities of American undercover agents. The two names that have surfaced most prominently in the two-year old probe are White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Vice Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The scandal unavoidably tars Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on Bush adviser Karl Rove to explain or resign
A letter penned by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on Bush adviser Karl Rove to explain or resign over his role in outing a CIA agent has garnered a handful of signatories in the House, RAW STORY has learned.
Just 17 members have signed. Finding congressmembers to sign a letter during a Congressional recess is often difficult, and Conyers' office has extended a deadline for others to sign on until next Wednesday.
The current signers are Reps. John Conyers, Jr.; Maurice Hinchey; Sheila Jackson Lee; Sam Farr; Diane Watson; Barbara Lee; Zoe Lofgren; Danny Davis; Henry Waxman; Corrine Brown; Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Raul Grijalva; James McGovern; Bernie Sanders; Lynn Woolsey; Mike Honda; and Carolyn Maloney.
By Arianna Huffington
How is it that the second most powerful man in
fall and the mainstream media are largely taking a pass? Could it be that the
fear of Karl Rove and this White House is so great that not even the biggest
of the media big boys are willing to take them on? Does the answer to that
one go without saying?
Karl Rove: Worse Than Osama bin Laden
by : Ted Rall
Posted July 6, 2005
betray with intimate knowledge in painful detail and demoralize by their cynical example.
This explains why, at the end of occupations, the newly liberated exact vengeance upon
their treasonous countrymen even they allow foreign troops to conduct an orderly withdrawal.
Private Spy and Public Spouse Live at Center of Leak Case
Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name
MSNBC Analyst Says 2nd Source Confirms Karl Rove as Plame Leaker
The Serious Implications Of President Bush's Hiring A Personal Outside Counsel For The Valerie Plame Investigation
Posted July 4, 2005