Was a crime committed in the Rove / Plame scandal
July 16th 2005
occupying Iraq was the easy part for the administration. US troops
swept through Iraq and arrested Saddam Hussein. Allegations of
Hussein’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) have been
investigated, and proven to be without merit, leaving many Americans
asking “how could we be so wrong”?
Now, to make
things worse for the administration, there are allegations that a
senior White House official leaked secret information about CIA
operative Valerie Plame. The White has stated from the beginning
that they would cooperate with investigators.
investigation unfolds, it is becoming apparent that senior officials
in the White House leaked the information. According to the
Washington Post, Karl Rove “told prosecutors he had discussed Plame
in passing with at least two reporters, including the columnist who
eventually revealed her name and role in a secret mission that would
raise questions about Bush's case for war against Iraq.”
In 2002 Valerie
Plame and others in the CIA determined that her husband was a good
choice for investigating the allegations that Saddam had tried to
acquire yellow-cake Uranium from Niger. Plame’s husband, Joseph C.
Wilson IV, had experience in Middle East and African diplomacy..
to Niger, spoke to his contacts, and reported back that there was no
evidence supporting a claim that Iraq tried to acquire yellowcake.
It appears this information never made it up to the White House.
President’s 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush told the
nation “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein
recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." In
fact, this was not the case, or at least there was no evidence.
knew the facts and on July 6th wrote an opinion piece for
the New York Times where he disclosed "Some of the intelligence
used by the Bush administration was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi
threat." To back this up Wilson revealed he was the one dispatched
to Niger in 2002.
Three days later
Colin Powel said the President should not have made the assertion in
his speech. He said “At the time it was put into the state of the
union, my best understanding of this is that it had been seen by the
intelligence community and vetted. But on subsequent examination, it
didn't hold up, and we have acknowledged that.”
A week after
Wilson’s column, Robert Novak referencing citations of "two senior administration
officials,” wrote that Wilson had been sent to Niger at the
suggestion of his wife, "an agency operative on weapons of mass
destruction." Wilson then charged the administration with leaking
his wife’s identity trying to intimidate him.
What ever the
reason, it appears Plame’s name was leaked to Novak. Rove denied
the claims in August of 2004 on CNN when he said “I'll repeat what I
said to ABC News when this whole thing broke some number of months
ago. I didn't know her name. I didn't leak her name."
British Intelligence really knew that Saddam tried to acquire
yellowcake does not matter so much now. The White House leak could
be the biggest scandal since Watergate.
It appears the
identity was leaked by Karl Rove, if the Post is right. So was it a
crime? According to the Post, “Bush and Cheney were asked to talk
to investigators informally, while a parade of officials from Powell
to Rove to McClellan appeared before the grand jury.” But so far,
the only people to go to jail are reporters for refusing to divulge
Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is leading the investigation. It is
expected that Fitzgerald will issue an indictment, if an indictment
is issued, by the end of the
Grand Juries term this October.
Valerie Plame Scandal - Fiasco
By Tom Madison
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