Snitch? Are you kidding?
OG's for life, Scooter, OG's for life
Libby: White House 'Superiors' OK'd Leaks
By TONI LOCY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 43 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - A former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal grand jury that his superiors authorized him to give secret information to reporters as part of the Bush administration's defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq, according to court papers.Bullshit.
Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in documents filed last month that he plans to introduce evidence that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, disclosed to reporters the contents of a classified National Intelligence Estimate in the summer of 2003.
The NIE is a report prepared by the head of the nation's intelligence operations for high-level government officials, up to and including the president. Portions of NIEs are sometimes declassified and made public. It is unclear whether that happened in this instance.
In a Jan. 23 letter to Libby's lawyers, Fitzgerald said Libby also testified before the grand jury that he caused at least one other government official to discuss an intelligence estimate with reporters in July 2003.
"We also note that it is our understanding that Mr. Libby testified that he was authorized to disclose information about the NIE to the press by his superiors," Fitzgerald wrote.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan refused to comment. "Our policy is that we are not going to discuss this when it's an ongoing legal proceeding," he said.
William Jeffress, Libby's lawyer, said, "There is no truth at all" to suggestions that Libby would try to shift blame to his superiors as a defense against the charges.
Mrs. Libby is a lawyer and she knows the day Rove is indicted, no one will care about her husband. Yeah, they have $2m for the defense fund, but this isn't some state murder trial. Pat Fitzgerald has the power of the federal government behind him and that isn't nearly enough to match his resources. He's faced with a complicated, expensive defense and the feds can pound on him.
As the months go by, and it becomes clear that a DC jury will not cut him loose, that deal will smell a lot better.
Pardon? Bush admit a mistake? Nope. Bar would never allow the taint. Besides, that's a long time for Bush to stay in office.
posted by Steve @ 12:53:00 AM