Libby exonerated of any wrongdoing in Plame "leak"

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    As you may recall, the matter was over a supposed "outing" of Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert agent in the CIA. Someone supposedly "leaked" that information to a journalist, thus blowing her cover.

    Now the verdict is in: There was not even enough evidence to charge Scooter Libby with such a leak, much less convict him. Nor was there enough evidence to charge anyone else. In fact, it turns out that Plame wasn't an undercover agent at all when the information was published, so the act wasn't a crime in the first place.

    Prosecutors found early in the investigation that the (unclassified) information had been provided by someone else - Richard Armitage of the State Department. And they knew by then that the release wasn't a crime at all - hence the absence of any charges against Armitage or anyone else.

    During the investigation, Libby was questioned closely and repeatedly about conversations that had happened years before. On a few, Libby rememberd the details one way. When re-questioned on the same thing later, he remembered them a different way. Later still, he remembered them the first way again.

    For this, he was indicted for perjury, convicted, and now faces up to twenty years in a Federal prison. He has exhausted his savings and bankrupted his family defending himself .

    This is the result of an investigation that established, after three years, that no crime had been committed at all in the first place.

    Got him!

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    http://OpinionJournal.com

    from "Best of the Web Today" by James Taranto
    March 6, 2007

    The Libby Travesty http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/06/cia.leak/index.html

    We won't gainsay the jury's verdict in the Scooter Libby trial--"guilty" on four of five counts on perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation of the Valerie Plame kerfuffle. Life is too short to immerse oneself in the tedious details of the case. (If you're interested in Libby minutiae, we recommend Tom Maguire http://justoneminute.typepad.com/ .) But it remains a travesty that Libby was ever prosecuted to begin with.

    This was a political show trial, and partisans of Joe Wilson will use the guilty verdict to declare vindication. But along the way we learned that virtually all the claims Wilson and his supporters made were false:

    -On his trip to Niger, Wilson found no evidence that contradicted the
    famous "16 words" in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address,
    contrary to his New York Times op-ed claim.

    -Plame, his wife, who worked for the CIA, did recommend him for the Niger
    junket, contrary to Wilson's denials.

    -Plame was not a covert agent under the definition of the Intelligence
    Identities Protection Act, contrary to Wilson's insinuations, which many of
    his backers, including in the press, presented as fact.

    -No one from the White House "leaked" Plame's identity as a CIA functionary
    to Robert Novak, who received the information from Richard Armitage at the
    State Department.

    Libby stands convicted of lying in the course of Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of the Valerie Plame kerfuffle--but that investigation was undertaken on the basis of a tissue of lies. When Fitzgerald began the case, in 2003, no one had committed any crime in connection with the kerfuffle, and that was fairly easy to ascertain, given that Plame was not a covert agent and Armitage had already owned up to the so-called leak. Fitzgerald looks like an overzealous prosecutor, one who was more interested in getting a scalp than in getting to the truth of the matter.

    Of course, Libby could have avoided indictment and conviction if he had simply said "I don't remember" a lot more during the course of the investigation.

    Therein lies a lesson for witnesses in future such investigations--which may make it harder for prosecutors to do their jobs when pursuing actual crimes.
     
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    There's appeals but hopefully Bush just pardons him. Its the right thing to do.
     
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    You are aware that he wasn't TRIED for leaking Plame's name, right? He was TRIED for lying to the prosecutors and obstruction of justice.

    And despite the spin... pssssssssssssssssssssst... he was convicted.

    If Bush pardons him, that's cool. Just digs the Repubs deeper into a hole for '08. So I'm all for it.

    Cheers.
     
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    Correct. He was merely investigated for it. And the investigation found that he had done nothing that even merited an indictment, much less a conviction.

    But they kept hammering away at him, and he finally screwed up. And he now faces up to 20 years hard time anyway.

    They got him.

    Who's next?
     
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    ...and Nixon was never impeached.
     
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    L-A's opening post was spinning so furiously that the text was a blur on my monitor.

    Nice try. But Larry Johnson, and a whole slew of other retired CIA officers, can testify to the FACT of Valerie Plame's NOC status. The CIA would not have referred the matter to the DoJ for investigation otherwise. Get over it.
     
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    It is not because of anything of mine, that facts blur before your eyes. :cuckoo:

    Has poor little bully ever gotten ANYTHING right about Republicans? :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    "Getting it right" is not bully's intent. "Getting a rise" is!
     
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    If thats the case, bully, then why isn't Richard Armitage the prime suspect in this trial? Why wasn't his testimony even brought to the jury's knowledge? Why was Armitage, who admitted to Fitzgerald in the first month of the investigation that he was the leak, not going to jail then if Plame was indeed a covert agent?

    This is a political witch hunt trying to throw anything against the wall in the hopes that it sticks. There is plenty in this case to have an appeals court overturn this. So we shall see if the politics follows Libby there as well.
     
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    Suspect for what? There is no evidence that he did anything wrong... or that anyone else did, in the revealing of Plame's employment. She wasn't an undercover agent at the time, so it was not illegal. The prosecutor plainly agreed, and didn't push the Grand Jury for any kind of indictment. He just kept questioning Libby until Libby screwed up, and then slapped him with a perjury charge.
     

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