Plame sues Rove, Cheney, Libby over leak

July 13, 2006

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This just in: Reuters reports that CIA operative Valerie Plame has sued White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Vice-Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby, alleging “conspiracy…to discredit, punish, and seek revenge” against her husband, Joseph Wilson IV, whose 2003 New York Times editorial (subscription required) criticized the administration’s justification for the Iraq War, through the disclosure of her employment at the CIA. And here I thought this had had all been resolved (at least until Libby’s trial next year on perjury charges).

Libby is, and will almost certainly remain, the only person charged in Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s still-ongoing (since 2003) investigation; Rove was informed recently that he would not be charged, and there exist no concrete ties between the Vice President and the incident. Still, it’s become more or less clear that the leak was a calculated measure designed to shore up support for a critical Administration doctrine, with reports even naming President Bush as providing authorization for the action.

I’ve been following the case quite closely since last summer’s disclosure of an email conversation between Rove and Time reporter Matthew Cooper in which Rove mentioned that “Wilson’s wife works for the agency” after repeatedly denying his involvement. It appears that the results as they stand are not satisfactory for Plame, and I look forward to what will almost certainly be a messy, messy suit. She may yet have her comeuppance.

Update 7/14: Well it seems the press conference today didn’t amount to much (I haven’t seen any reports about it, actually) but Bob Novak, the columnist who originally published Plame’s name, told Bloomberg that he believes the suit will be dismissed.  We shall see.

–D. S. W.

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