Jan 23, 2007

Jason Leopold..!

Some say, "Revenge is best served cold..."

Sixteen Words and the Trial of Scooter Libby
By Jason Leopold

Four years ago this month, President Bush, in his State of the Union address, said, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

The intelligence those sixteen words were based upon turned out to be crude forgeries. Evidence collected by journalists and various legislative committees over the years suggests that a cabal of White House officials were fully aware that the intelligence was suspect, but allowed its inclusion in the State of the Union address because it would help the administration win support for the war.

Not long after the president's State of the Union address, an unknown former US ambassador named Joseph Wilson began to privately question the veracity of the sixteen words. In doing so, he became a target of the White House officials who were responsible for peddling the phony intelligence and driving the US to war.

This week, one of those officials, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, goes on trial, charged with five felonies related to the unmasking of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, a covert CIA officer, to a handful of reporters and then lying to a grand jury and the FBI about it. These events - the Plame leak, the attack on Wilson, and the pre-war intelligence (as complicated as it has become to try to unravel and make sense of) - were spearheaded by senior members of the Bush administration in an effort to protect the individuals responsible for planting the 16 words in Bush's speech. <

...I suspect these fourteen words are sweeter than revenge: "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword."

Nice job, Jason. You win a bag of cookies!


Anonymous ding dong said...

Is it dinner time yet ?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I hope Jason's reputation is vindicated after this trial...

Hi Cookie Monster...my favorite monster!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Ok I'm confused again. Well's story of everyone mistaken when and what they said is over the top. Now all the testimoney might be wrong. All the jouranlist forgot the dates, Libby said Russert but was really someone else. Who's on first who's on second. I have a headache now. Ari is the real leaker the dates have now changed nothing is real. Where is SPB when you need him.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join the club Jackie I always have a headache...

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on banging those articles out, Jason. Enjoy that bag of cookies, it didn't come easy. ;)

It sounds like Wells is telling huge tales and trying to confuse the jurors.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I was right, Ari was the Immunized Witness!!!!


Wells is trying to confuse us and the jurors (smoke and mirrors)...probable doubt. We will need more of Fitzie's trestimony to sort out these details...

And it's hard to read someone else's notes at FDL...but hang in there. Remember this is YOUR trial! Smile.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Get this crapola!

"Mr. Libby was known in the office as having a bad memory. He did not have a good memory. WOW. [The media room erupts in disbelief]" from FDL

If he was so forgetful, what in heck was he doing delaing with OUR National Secuirty and classified material!!!!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No shit!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... Appeals to common sense.

"You all have a lifetime of experience in sizing people up."


And when will the trascripts of Fitz' opening statement be online, does anybody know?

3:17 PM  
Anonymous patricia fitzgerald said...

Where's the loo.... I'm bustinnnng!!!!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

Oh man! Thanks for putting Jason Leopold on. I'm a poor predictor though. I thought this would be a very dull trial with Fitzgerald pursuing the narrow course. The defense has made it interesting. Let's hope for a physical impossibility that Rove and Cheney manage to throw each other under the bus mutually and at the same time.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...


Fitzie used to post documents for this trial @ his OSP site, however, it has not been updated lately...they may be too busy at DOJ. Maybe later it will be there?

Also, you can try FDL (I'm guessing they will get a hold of Fitzie's statement and post it at some point.)

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

naschkatze said...
"Oh man! Thanks for putting Jason Leopold on."

Looks to me like he was just waiting for the time to be right!

(Some people are so impatient .......... ;-)

"I thought this would be a very dull trial"

You thought WHAT?????

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks SPB
I don't think it will be that easy for Libby to get out of this one. Blaming everybody isn't going to work but it's a nice try. As Wells points out the only innocent person in this is Libby. Oh yes and he's not that brilliant intelligent Attorney that we have come to know. He's really forgetful and not much value. Yet he held two jobs in the White House and wrote Powell's speech to the United Nations plus he was the key player in this invasion of Iraq. Everyone followed this little man who was forgetful and not to smart. All the clients Libby had represented in court should file appeals for incompetent representation. This case is really about the two Libby's smart when needed dumb as a door knob when indicted. Wells is shoveling dirt up hill and losing.

Q this is going to be really bad for alot of people in the White House crime wave. All ready the rats are turning on each other. The witness who will blow this case out of the water is someone you lease expect. Fitz knows but no one else does. His opening remarks were like a law class for students on what to do. Now Wells is good to. When your client is guilty put anyone else as the guilty party. Yes say everyone made a mistake and all have the some memory lost problem. Problem with this is to many comments have been made about Libby by the witnesses in the past. Let's go to the video tape. Cheney declared Libby the smartest brightest person he knows. Powell's speech to the United Nations was written by this so called dummy. Now we are to believe that the White House gave a top job to a man who created an illegal invasion to Iraq with none the the smart people like Bush/Cheney/Rummy/Rove being none the wiser.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

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3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you guys seen this:


God in Heaven, this is so exciting.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's about damn time!

From Thinkprogress:

Libby is now on trial for perjury. His defense is that he simply forgot who told him that Plame worked for the CIA. But in court today, prosecutors outlined a powerful case establishing that Libby had reason to remember who told him and motive to cover it up. MSNBC’s David Schuster said today’s revelations from prosecutors are “new and will astound a number of people, even those who have been following this case.” Among the new claims:
– “Vice President Cheney himself directed Scooter Libby to essentially go around protocol and deal with the press and handle press himself…to try to beat back the criticism of administration critic Joe Wilson.”
– Cheney personally “wrote out for Scooter Libby what Libby should say in a conversation with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper.”
– “Scooter Libby destroyed a note from Vice President Cheney about their conversations and about how Vice President Cheney wanted the Wilson matter

3:50 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

JACKIE! - LOL at your last post.


P.S. I agree with those who think it's not a good tactic for Wells to be referring to Ms. Plame/Wilson as "the wife." Unless there is a particular male juror the defense is pandering to...

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason was right all along and those who discredited him will be the fools!


4:00 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Sorry - I screwed up the link the first time I tried posting this original thinking by cboldt at "No Easy Answers":

cboldt - "Scooter Libby - Scamming the Sham"
(h/t Clarice)


4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Employers just have to understand this today!!


4:03 PM  
Blogger Mrs. X said...

Hello fellow bloggers:

I am checking in the blog on updates. I finally finished reading FDL on the opening statements. I was overwhelmed with the statements from the defense and Fitz. I don't know what to tell Scooter Libby. He has pretty much a weak case. And Jackie and Nan, I was a bit offensive from Mr. Wells refering to Ms. Valerie Wilson as "the wife." Does Mr. Wells refer to his Mrs. Wells as "the wife" she has a professional life? Quite inappropiate if I might add. Mr. Wells should as refered to Ms. Wilson as "Ms. Wilson," or "Valerie Wilson" but not "the wife." Ms. Wilson is only wife, and mother, but had a professional career in the CIA. This is the 21th century!

I'll go and check out SPB's blog.. Have a good day everyone.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding that MSNBC video clip (the link in my previous message):

I've had MSNBC on in the other room for at least 45 minutes. I don't believe I am mistaken in saying they have not aired this story during that time.

Pretty much ALL they're talking about is:

"The President is talking tonight."

"The President is talking tonight."

"The President is talking tonight."

ON, and ON, and ON about the Big State Of The Union Address that is GOING To Happen TONIGHT.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went in and looked at TV, and they Do have trial news on the ticker -- I think that's what you call it -- on the bottom of the screen.

(So if you look hard for it, it Is there.)

4:09 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I agree Jackie:

"The witness who will blow this case out of the water is someone you least expect."

I also think that Wells using "the wife" and presenting her as unimportant will not sit well with the female jurors...

4:13 PM  
Anonymous fussbudget said...

People DO "lie just for the heck of it" -- usually we call 'em sociopaths.

Sometimes they have cute nicknames...

4:18 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

LOL fussbudget...funny names like Scooter-Patooter

4:21 PM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

I have a couple of questions. When Fitzgerald let Rove off the hook last June, wasn't there a little something like "unless something else comes up"? Also, did Cheney ever go before the Grand Jury, or was he ever questioned under oath by Fitzgerald or the FBI?

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, Tucker is getting ready to do a segment on the trial .......

("Some people are so impatient!")

he hee .....

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Prettyman Courthouse must still be shaking from that 7.0 earthquake that Fitzie hit 'em with! hehe

Don't mess with the Rugby Man! :)

We're proud of you Fitz!!!


4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Prettyman Courthouse must still be shaking from that 7.0 earthquake that Fitzie hit 'em with! hehe

Don't mess with the Rugby Man! :)

We're proud of you Fitz!!!


4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Tucker Carlson said about the trial was that he was confused about it. Tucker C is a dolt. Why does he even have his own show?

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When Fitzgerald let Rove off the hook last June, wasn't there a little something like "unless something else comes up"?

"Also, did Cheney ever go before the Grand Jury, or was he ever questioned under oath by Fitzgerald or the FBI?"

Yes, Cheney was. He even brought his own attorney along with him. The Gerbil was questioned in a 70 minutes interview by nit under oath.

The knuckleheads never thought that their lies would catch up. But, Jason was right all along about Karl Rove and the sealed vs. sealed. Now that Libby threw Rove under the bus, Rive is certainly not going to go down in flames. And maybe Rove did strike a deal with Fitz and who else will be the "deep throat" for this case for the prosecution?

4:50 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Judge Prettyman would have been damn proud of Mr. Fitz today and America's Team today! Keep up your good work in his honor, please (and Miss Jackie too.)

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've learned so Much today!

>Anonymous said...

"Tucker C is a dolt."

I learned this the hard way.

(Does anybody know the best way to get vomit out of a keypad?)

5:14 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

SPB...If my MEMORY serves me correctly both Cheney and Bush were "interviewed", but not under oath. I remember thinking at the time that it was unfortunate that they weren't under oath. Not that lying under oath would be beneath these two criminals.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, both Bush and Cheney were interviewed by Fitz back in 2004. Both had attorneys. Bush had a criminal lawyer with him.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous ha ha ha ha ha ha said...

Yuck, Stephanie!

The way to avoid this is never watching Tucker again!


7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason nice piece:-)

If Scooter asks what you think about his defense case, "I'm so sorry" may well be the kindest thing one could say...

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

Will there be a photo-op when Cheney is brought to his knees???...


8:50 PM  

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