FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2006
As you may remember, back in 2003, it was leaked that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. Liberals assumed that the White House had illegally leaked this information in order to get back at her husband. Patrick Fitzgerald was assigned the case to determine who leaked that information to Robert Novak.
Well on July 11, 2006, three years after it happened, we come to find out something very interesting. Robert Novak said, "For nearly the entire time of his investigation, Fitzgerald knew--independent of me--the identity of the sources I used in my column of July 14, 2003. A federal investigation was triggered when I reported that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was employed by the CIA and helped initiate his 2002 mission to Niger. That Fitzgerald did not indict any of these sources may indicate his conclusion that none of them violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act."
The source/leaker that he speaks of is Richard Armitage. However, even though he knew who leaked this information, Fitzgerald told Mr Armitage to keep quiet about it while he continued to investigation. This, my friends, is the farse. Fitzgerald did not press charges against Armitage, appearently because no law was broken... but he kept pretending to look for the leaker. From what I remember, Scooter Libby's spoken testimony did not match up with something he had written. They nailed him on that. So here we are with a case where no law was broken, and someone who wasn't involved in the matter at all was indicted for obstruction of justice. How can he be obstructing something that he had nothing to do with.
This case should have been dropped days after it began... as soon as the leaker was determined. Armitage says he didn't come forward because "the special counsel, once he was appointed, asked me not to discuss this and I honored his request." Source
After news reports began to name Mr Armitage as the source, a lawyer working for Ms Plame and Mr Wilson said they still planned to go ahead with a lawsuit against close associates of President George W Bush.
The couple filed a suit in July against Vice-President Dick Cheney; his former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby; and Karl Rove, George W Bush's top political adviser, accusing them of intentionally revealing Ms Plame's identity to discredit Mr Wilson. This doesn't make any sense. Why aren't they going after the leaker?
I'll tell you why: this entire thing was drawn out specifically destroy a sitting president during a time of war. This is an successful political hit. It seems that no crime was committed in the leak (otherwise charges would have been pressed). The only purpose is to distract the nation and make it look like Bush and his cronies are picking on his opponents in the most dirty of fashion. It is clear to me that it is the Socialist party that is doing the dirty picking.
Posted by Chet at 7:17 PM
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