Feb 10, 2006

Let The Sun Shine In...

New York Times: I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, told a grand jury that he was authorized by his "superiors" to disclose classified information to reporters about Iraq's weapons capability in June and July 2003, according to a document filed by a federal prosecutor.
Associated Press: 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.
Washington Post: Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction, according to court records in the CIA leak case.Cheney was one of the "superiors" I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said had authorized him to make the disclosures, according to sources familiar with the investigation into Libby's discussions with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Reuters: Vice President Dick Cheney directed his aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby to use classified material to discredit a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq war effort, the National Journal reported on Thursday.Court papers released last week show that Libby was authorized to disclose classified information to news reporters by "his superiors," in an effort to counteract diplomat Joe Wilson's charge that the Bush administration twisted intelligence on Iraq's nuclear weapons to justify the 2003 invasion.
Democracy Now: We speak with investigative journalist Murray Waas who reports that Lewis "Scooter" Libby - Cheney's indicted former chief of staff - testified he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to invade Iraq.

23 Comments:

Anonymous e said...

Can Libby now be charged with outing a CIA agent along with the WH group?
the sun does shine...
Zippity Do Da..

3:27 PM  
Anonymous jodi said...

Wonder if Cheney's feeling the heat now?
On the other hand, does Cheney feel anything?

3:40 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I'll repeat my question. Libby was charged with giving misleding information he is not charged with leaking the CIA name. Why is he now saying Cheney gave premission? What direction is the defendence going because its not the direction of the charge. Will you or your staff or Biloxi explain this new turn of action.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles and I'm smiling. said...

hmm.. I believe Libby is charged with perjury.

Cheney, Rove, et al have yet to be charged.

So, squeeze the guy who lied to tell what is the truth to get the man/men you really want.

So now Libby is singing, singing, singing as he is already a pariah, is no longer going to the 'A' list parties he figures he needs to save his own skin as there is
no
going
back
in either scenario.
One lends itself to a potentially lighter sentence I imagine
than
not singing ...

If I understand Fitz's style from my little perch, if, if Libby is found to have lied or not supplied the information as now 'truth'
his
a** is
grass.

MERRY FITZMAS! and it keeps giving!

DOWN WITH TYRANNY
NO MORE KING GEORGE
INDICT IMPEACH
INEVITABLE!

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Pres and VP can instantly declassify material, as one of the articles says, then it may be that this in itself is not a crime. But does this right of "instant declassification" even allow outing a covert agent? I don't think so.

It is clear that there was a conspiracy to discredit Wilson, but I don't think that in itself is a crime, either.

However, by keeping the grand jury open, Fitz can recharge L. with any additional crime for which there is probable evidence.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles from Dark Oval said...

Sorry Jackie I finished without a complete thought there-

he will get Cheney for treason
* deliberate allowing/mandating the outing of a CIA covert agent
* deliberately allowing the disclosure of classified information.

??? Why are Cheney and Rove still allowed Secret Clearance, eh???

4:24 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Jackie,

Yes, you are right. Libby is charged for lying not for leaking the CIA name. Those are two separate charges. I think that a lot of people are confused on what is exactly Libby is charged by Fitz. Now, Libby is only saying Cheney gave him permission because:
1. Libby doesn't want his Boss to be implicated in the case (In other words, CYA). We know that Cheney is involved because now Libby claims that he has the papers as proof.

2. By saying that Cheney gave "permission," it is a loop hole by Libby to pass the buck.

Libby's strategy is to confuse the media and the public and sway people to not think out what Libby is originally charged. Fitz said clearly on Oct. 28, 2005 press conference that Libby is charged with lying.

Now, what you mention about Cheney. If Cheney is discovered that he either leak the CIA's name or he found out the CIA's name by digging and told Libby to exploit Ms. Wilson's name to the reporters, then, as you said, Jackie, Cheney can be charged.

Right now, Libby is misleading information to the media and the people and sidetrack the orginal charges against him. I am sure that Libby, sooner or later, will spill his guts because he cannot keep protecting Cheney and the Administration altogther too long. Fitz will take one step at a time. Even though the press has Libby portrayed as a person is high position in the White, Libby is not the # 2 guy. I believe Cheney is the #2 guy and Rove is #1. As I watched Hardball last year where a team of lawyers on the show were discussing Fitz's strategy in this case, the lawyers said that Fitz is known for getting the #2 guy first. And as the # 2 guy decides to cut a deal then Fitz get #1. Go back and read Fitz's posting from truthout.org regarding the meeting with Cheney, Rove, and Hadley. Libby is trying not to implicate Cheney because Cheney has a lot of lose. It would expose Cheney not only in this case but the money trail connection to Halliburton to the war in Iraq. This is just my analogy from keeping up with the case. Hope this helps!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get in there and give Karl Rove a conspiracy/obstruction sandwhich.....


Keep your eyes on the prize, I saw your cuffs-new suit today that was one hell of a rollout.

Lets all make sure of what Cheney looks like in prison garb, his ol' sneer and the ollie north tactic of delaying release of documents isnt going to get him far now....

To prison for Rove and his partner Hadel...

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jinky said...

Oh, Patrick, if it's really you... You are the hope of the Americans. Take care. We are so angry with these liars who have stolen our country.

Go get'em! The wind is at your back.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jackie and Prosecutor:

Does Libby's admission (the devil, I mean Cheney, made me do it) have something to do with a greymail strategy? Libby's lawyer's can request super secret documents from the Veep, which will never be provided due to national security, and because they can't get them, Libby's lawyers cannot provide an adequate defense, and the judge therefore dimisses the case?

It sounds like they are setting a trap for Fitzy to go after the leak/conspiracy charge. But Fitzy is too smart for them to fall for it.

Curious,

Saint Brigid

7:06 PM  
Blogger bluewild said...

It is complicated but the bottom line to me is that they were not serving their country in all this. They were serving themselves and putting the true servants of our country at risk. That is treason.

I also heard a report today that they were preparing to attack Iraq long before even the Blair memos. They basically got on it pretty soon after Bush was elected, pardon me, appointed by the Supreme Court, - the first time.

Remember, whoever takes them on has to think 20 steps ahead and then think of move counter move. They always attack where they are weak. They've told so many lies that they basically have to lie in order to cover the lies.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Saint Brigid,

It looks like Libby is trying to use the "greymail" stategy. In addition to your comments that Libby could walk from using this strategy or Libby can accept a plea for a lesser charge. But, Libby will lose his position at the White House but he can possibly do no jail time. That what the strategy means. I think Fitz knows actually what Libby is doing. Remember Fitz was math major. Surely, he has the intellegence and cleverness to figure out what Libby's strategy is and connect the dots. Libby knows that Fitz is on to him and the rest the players in this case. This is just a cat and mouse game with Libby thinking he can outsmart Fitz. We will see when the truth unravels. BTW, good analogy!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Saint Brigid and SPB I've been thinking again. By Libby's lawyers letting him say Cheney gave the order they are trying to draw out Fitz's information on the Leak Case. Now I think Cheney intends to use that fact that he and Bush can release security information. Thereby getting Libby off and not being able to charge Cheney. Look at what Bush is leaking about spying and 9/11 information. He has the power to release any national security info. Just a thought.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Bluewild,

The plan for war by PNAC went back into the 90's and had nothing to do as for who was in power in Iraq. Bush did as he was told...The Cabinet mentioned below were then the leading members of PNAC....all it's about oil and regional control.

"The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

"The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests."

http://www.sundayherald.com/27735

http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/viewpoints/viewpoint.asp?ObjID=LNUnjrpUTq&Content=193

7:56 PM  
Anonymous kel said...

Since Cheney has no heart he feels nothing and can call Wilson an A - Hole (sorry Fitz)
and out a CIA agent dedicated to America.

Hmmm I guess you just have to have an old BJ to be impeached and justice to be done.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPB,

Thanks for the lawyerly P.O.V.

I know--we're trying to guess what the next steps are in this danse macabre with only a scintilla of information compared to what PJF knows.

Libby's lawyers are trying to defend him any way they can. Libby also knows that politically, he and Cheney have to serve as the firewall for the Prez. Libby knows if the taint gets through to the Shrubbery, he's going to need more than crutches to get around.

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

Saint Brigid

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Special Prosecutor Biloxi,

BTW-I wrote my comments (at 9:32) before visiting the firedoglake blog, which essentially says the same thing, but with much more detail, and even includes a "FIREWALL" movie poster parody. That's weird.

dodododododododo, (twilight zone music)
St. Bridie

9:40 PM  
Blogger bluewild said...

Thank you, CJT.

1:03 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Yikes...I've got a house full of folks for a ski weekend and I've missed a bunch.

My guess is that PJF had the info about Cheney all along. I believe that's why he has been given so much leeway with this Grand Jury by the judges overseeing the investigation. The web has taken a long time to spin, but I think it's coming close to the end.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karl Rove, Karl C. Rove, how does your uniform grow?

Nail them both for conspiracy....take down *cheney* at the end.

6:46 PM  
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