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Friday, October 28, 2005

On Libby:

I've tried to stay out of the Plamegate discussion, but today's indictment of now former Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby has caught my interest. If I understand this correctly, Libby is being charged with a count of obstruction of justice, two counts of lying to a grand jury, and two counts of making false statements. It also appears that there is no accusation by prosecutor Fitzgerald of any outing of a covert CIA agent. The indictments are, in fact, regarding alleged inconsistencies in Libby's testimony. If this is the case, then it seems that there was no crime until there was an investigation.

I can guarantee if a special prosecutor came after me asking me to recollect every detail of conversations I had with, for example, my boss and my staff at the office, and if those same superiors and subordinates were interviewed, there would be myriad inconsistencies. That appears to me to be what happened here.

We have a crime that wasn't a crime, and an indictment of a man whose recollection of seemingly benign events differed from those of several other interviewees. Furthermore, the original scope of the indictment was to determine who told columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame was a "covert" CIA agent. Apparently, that question was never answered. If it was, Libby certainly isn't being indicted for being that person.

So what gives? Was Valerie Plame "covert"? Not if you take into consideration Joseph Wilson's "Who's Who" bio which plainly identified her. Her identity wasn't well known, but it sure as heck wasn't "covert". There is no alleged "conspiracy", as Joseph Wilson has long claimed. There is no violation of the Covert Agent Act, or whatever it's called. So where's the crime? One man's testimony differs from anothers? And it took two years to come to this conclusion? What a waste of time and resources.


.: posted by Dave 3:20 PM

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