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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Speaking of Cheney...

Speaking of Cheney...

He and Libby are not having much luck with notes lately. They seem to keep finding information that they'd probably rather remained lost. First, it was Baghdad Judy's "Oh! You mean that meeting?" notes indicating a previously undisclosed, and apparently rather forgettable, chat with Libby in June - well before Wilson's column was published.

Maybe she was just distracted by all the Aspens turning; I understand it's quite a sight to see. They must have been distracting Scooter, too, or at least he suffers the same forgetfulness as Judy; as it turns out, his notes reveal that he first learned Plame's identity from Cheney.

Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.

The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq’s nuclear program to justify the war.

So, if Cheney knew, can we assume shrubya knew all along as well? Have they both been lying in proclaiming the administration's innocence? Steve Clemons believes so:

This is amazing information. You may ask why?

First of all, this means that Vice President Cheney has known all along that he was Scooter Libby's source -- and whether Libby had license from him or not to try and slaughter the reputation of Joe Wilson -- CHENEY KNEW.

The entire charade of President Bush stating that he wanted to get to the bottom of who leaked Plame's name -- and who was involved -- is no longer believable at any level. Cheney would not have failed to disclose this to Bush, and Bush played along as if none of his staff were involved. They confessed nothing -- accepted no responsibilty -- until forced by Fitzgerald.

According to Scooter Libby's notes, George Tenet was the source for the information about Valerie Wilson lining up the trip -- so to speak -- for her husband, but did not necessarily include the information that she was a covert operative.

This is where things get interesting.

Read the whole thing; it's quite interesting indeed. If we get all this from just two notebooks, imagine what WHIG meeting notes might reveal...


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