Feb 6, 2007

Bush At Center Of Libby Leak...

Old news is good news - it was accurate then and it is accurate now.

Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak
By Jason Leopold

"Attorneys and current and former White House officials close to the investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson said Thursday that President Bush gave Vice President Dick Cheney the authorization in mid-June 2003 to disclose a portion of the highly sensitive National Intelligence Estimate to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller."

"The officials, some of whom are attorneys close to the case, added that more than two dozen emails that the vice president's office said it recently discovered and handed over to leak investigators in February show that President Bush was kept up to date about the circumstances surrounding the effort to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

The sources indicated that the leak probe is now winding down, and that soon, new information will emerge from the special counsel's office that will prove President Bush had prior knowledge of the White House campaign to discredit Plame Wilson's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who accused the administration of "twisting" intelligence on the Iraqi threat in order to win public support for the war."

The new information that surfaced late Wednesday places President Bush at the center of the probe for the first time since the investigation into the leak began more than two years ago and raises new questions as to whether Bush knew in advance the lengths to which senior White House officials went to discredit Wilson.

In the court filing, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrote that Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "testified that he was specifically authorized in advance of the meeting to disclose the key judgments of the classified NIE to [former New York Times reporter Judith] Miller on that occasion because it was thought that the NIE was 'pretty definitive' against what Ambassador Wilson had said and that the Vice President thought that it was 'very important' for the key judgments of the NIE to come out."

"Defendant further testified that he at first advised the Vice President that he could not have this conversation with reporter Miller because of the classified nature of the NIE. Defendant testified that the Vice President later advised him that the President had authorized defendant to disclose the relevant portions of the NIE," the filing further states. "Defendant testified that he also spoke to David Addington, then Counsel to the Vice President, whom defendant considered to be an expert in national security law, and Mr. Addington opined that Presidential authorization to publicly disclose a document amounted to a declassification of the document. Defendant testified that he thought he brought a brief abstract of the NIE's key judgments to the meeting with Miller on July 8. Defendant understood that he was to tell Miller, among other things, that a key judgment of the NIE held that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure' uranium. Defendant testified that this July 8th meeting was the only time he recalled in his government experience when he disclosed a document to a reporter that was effectively declassified by virtue of the President's authorization that it be disclosed. Defendant testified that one of the reasons why he met with Miller at a hotel was the fact that he was sharing this information with Miller exclusively." <
April 6, 2006 - more>
Be truthful, Jason! Were you inside the grand jury proceedings? You were also the first journalist to report Cheney’s involvement, the first to report on the 250 emails that were missing, and only one to discover Sealed v. Sealed! - You are beyond Pulitzer! ;)

'Startling moment' at Libby trial as President Bush is referenced - Today's OLD NEWS



Blogger Night Owl said...

So when does the Jason for Pulitizer campaign start?


7:37 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

Crazier things have been known to happen in a Waning Gibbous!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

In Chicago I'll put in a word for him at the MacArthur Foundation.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Jason will do great things. Now Fitz back to business. The puzzle has hurt my eyes no more puzzles ok. I made comments on all the blog site even NBC and in short the truth came out of the littlie liars mouth with documents as proof. Bush/Cheney should be charged with TREASON. Even Harry Potter's magic wand can't help the White House now. Oh Fitz the Globe makes me dizzie too.

7:52 PM  
Blogger teak said...


Apparently, the video in this piece suddenly got removed. Hmm.

Way to go, Jason. Wanna bet any "faulty" reporting in the past he was accused of by his peers was wrong?

8:04 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

"Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...
In Chicago I'll put in a word for him at the MacArthur Foundation."

Well, now that would be far, far, far better than a Pulitizer.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

Ms. Jackie, my most humble apologies for making you dizzy.

Maybe I should replace my spinning globe with this?

8:12 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

No thanks maybe a picture of Randall I think that would be just find thank you. You and the team should sit back and enjoy this tale of many lies. You've done a great job getting the truth out with a little help from Libby himself. Wells is doing the best he can with what he has, that is a guilty client. I'm going to rest now talk to you later.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jackie hearts Randall!


I wonder if that will make the 6:00 news!

9:16 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Jason is an excellent reporter and he deserves great gratitude from all of us! Too few are of the same caliber as Jason! :D

9:38 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

JBs knew all along that Bushie was in on it...

Hey Fitzie,

Check out this photo Running With Scissors I think it sums up the case well!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Stephen said...

It feels good to know the trolls, who suddenly appeared at TO almost the moment Jason dared publish what he knew about Sealed v Sealed, are now reduced to jiggling masses of failed biology.

How dare Leopold report the truth.

4:16 PM  

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