Saturday, February 11, 2006

Fingerbang-bang

Scooter allegedly rats out Cheney

According to multiple reports (National Journal, Washington Post) indicted former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, testified to the grand jury that he was "instructed" by superiors (read: Dick Cheney) to leak the identity of a covert CIA agent in the summer of 2003. The leak was allegedly an attempt to smear the agent's husband, Joe Wilson, a former ambassador who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times debunking the Bush Administration's nuclear claims about Iraq.

This per Carol Leonnig at the 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.

Libby's lawyers vehemently denied the report.

The first rule of nobility is certainly "take one for the team." Lest we forget, however, that the overriding rule of lifetime politicos is:

"If I'm goin down, I'm takin every one of you sumbitches with me." It was really only a matter of time until someone pulled an Abramoff and promised to bring in the big fish in exchange for a better deal. Is anyone really surprised?

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