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April 10, 2006

Pass The Popcorn

Quite a disunited administration:

First Rice and Rumsfeld start a fight about 1,000 tactical errors. Now Rove and Bush are trying to stick the Libby leak to Cheney.

President Bush declassified sensitive intelligence in 2003 and authorized its public disclosure to rebut Iraq war critics, but he did not specifically direct that Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, be the one to disseminate the information, an attorney knowledgeable about the case said Saturday.
Lawyer: Bush Left Leak Details to Cheney; AP, WaPo; April 9, 2006

A senior administration official confirmed for the first time on Sunday that President Bush had ordered the declassification of parts of a prewar intelligence report on Iraq in an effort to rebut critics who said the administration had exaggerated the nuclear threat posed by Saddam Hussein. ...
.. [T]the disclosure seemed intended to suggest that Mr. Bush might have played only a peripheral role in the release of the classified material and was uninformed about the specifics — like the effort to dispatch Mr. Libby to discuss the estimate with reporters.
Bush Ordered Declassification, Official Says; NYT; April 10, 2006

Will Cheney let this stick? Or will he pass this over to and blame Libby? Would Libby not hit back if that should happen? Shouldn´t Cheney therefor shoot back at Bush?

Now that's a bad sitcom. Pass the popcorn please.

Posted by b on April 10, 2006 at 15:31 UTC | Permalink

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Shouldn´t Cheney therefor shoot back at Bush?

why didn't i think of that?

Posted by: annie | Apr 10 2006 15:55 utc | 1

    Bush and Cheney Discussed Plame Prior to Leak

w/numerous clips..

    In early June 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Bush and told him that CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was the wife of Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson and that she was responsible for sending him on a fact-finding mission to Niger to check out reports about Iraq's attempt to purchase uranium from the African country, according to current and former White House officials and attorneys close to the investigation to determine who revealed Plame-Wilson's undercover status to the media.

    Other White House officials who also attended the meeting with Cheney and President Bush included former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, her former deputy Stephen Hadley, and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

    This information was provided to this reporter by attorneys and US officials who have remained close to the case. Investigators working with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald compiled the information after interviewing 36 Bush administration officials over the past two and a half years.

    The revelation puts a new wrinkle into Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's two-year-old criminal probe into the leak and suggests for the first time that President Bush knew from early on that the vice president and senior officials on his staff were involved in a coordinated effort to attack Wilson's credibility by leaking his wife's classified CIA status.

    Now that President Bush's knowledge of the Plame Wilson affair has been exposed, there are thorny questions about whether the president has broken the law - specifically, whether he obstructed justice when he was interviewed about his knowledge of the Plame Wilson leak and the campaign to discredit her husband.

    The attorneys and officials close to the case said over the weekend that the hastily arranged meeting was called by Cheney to "brief the president" on Wilson's increasing public criticism about the White House's use of the Niger intelligence and the negative impact it would eventually have on the administration's credibility if the public and Congress found out it was true, the sources said.

    A more aggressive effort would come a week or so later when Cheney - who, sources said, was "consumed" with retaliating against Wilson because of his attacks on the administration's rationale for war - met with President Bush a second time and told the president that there was talk of "Wilson going public" and exposing the flawed Niger intelligence.

    It was then that Cheney told Bush that a section of the classified National Intelligence Estimate that purported to show Iraq did seek uranium from Niger should be leaked to reporters as a way to counter anything report Wilson might seek to publish, these sources said.

Posted by: annie | Apr 10 2006 16:35 utc | 2

annie, I can just hear dubya saying, "F*ck Wilson (Saddam), I'm taking her (him) out.

Posted by: beq | Apr 10 2006 17:58 utc | 3

consumed w/ retalaition sounds really good to me!
the rest of that article was good too. after rove led him to all those 200 missing emails i bet fitz has a very nice little trail leading from bush and cheney and plame!!!

and the threat of messing w/them if libby doesn't come thru is fun because nowhere does it imply that fitz won't mess w/them later, in all good time, "if Mr. Libby continues to misrepresent the government's case against him ... President Bush and most certainly Vice President Cheney may be caught in an embarrassing position," do bush/cheney really want all the beans spilled now?

Posted by: annie | Apr 10 2006 18:14 utc | 4

If Cheney were less of an abomination unto humanity, he would've ducked gracefully ages ago, citing "health reasons". But he is obviously too attached to power - real power, power without accountability - to let go.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Apr 10 2006 18:55 utc | 5

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