Thursday, April 06, 2006

Scooter Authorized by Bush to Leak


Scooter Libby's court papers state that Cheney told him Bush had authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence. The "sensitive intelligence" he and Cheney chose, outing CIA agent Valerie Plame's name. She was working undercover on WMDs in Iraq and Iran. A twofer for a White House that wants to invade Iran next based on more faulty WMD intelligence that cannot be corroborated. Leaking Plame's name by Bush and Cheney via Libby was meant to discredit her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson's findings that Niger had nothing to do with Uranium or Iraq, one of Bushie's "reasons" for invading Iraq.
Libby court papers: Cheney said Bush OK'd intelligence leak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors that his boss said President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.
Before his indictment, I. Lewis Libby testified to the grand jury investigating the CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass on information and that it was Bush who authorized the disclosure, the court papers say. According to the documents, the authorization led to the July 8, 2003, conversation between Libby and New York Times reporter Judith Miller.
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According to Miller's grand jury testimony, Libby told her about Plame's CIA status in the July 8, 2003 conversation that took place shortly after the White House aide -- according to the new court filing -- was authorized by Bush through Cheney to disclose sensitive intelligence about Iraq and WMD contained in a National Intelligence Estimate.

Yes, that's the same Judith Miller who consistently lied in the New York Times about non-existent WMDs in Iraq, helping the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses. It's more evidence that the Bush Administration has been lying all along. In 2004 after it was disclosed Rove leaked Plame's name to reporter Matt Cooper, he said, "If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration." In July, 2005 he backtracked, "I think it's best if people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions." He also said leakers would be "punished" but to date nobody has been punished except reporters to whom Rove, Cheney and Libby leaked top secret information. Timeline of the Plame Affair.
Furthermore, In yet another instance, Libby had claimed that President Bush authorized Libby to speak to and provide classified information to Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward for "Plan of Attack," a book written by Woodward about the run-up to the Iraqi war.

More will be revealed. Slowly, very slowly. Time for Cheney to shoot another buddy in the face.

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