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CIA Boss Says Sending Wilson Was Val’s Idea

From an obdurate Associated Press:

Libby Eager to Reveal CIA Role in Events

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

(01-24) 14:46 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) — Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was eager to make public that the CIA, not Vice President Dick Cheney, sent an ex-ambassador to check on Iraq’s efforts to obtain nuclear material, a former agency executive said Wednesday.

Former CIA Iraq Mission Manager Robert L. Grenier appeared as a government witness in the trial of Libby on charges of obstruction and lying. He testified he told Libby that the idea of sending ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger was the brainchild of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, who worked in the CIA office that sent him in 2002.

A year later, Wilson became a prominent critic of the war, based on what he found in the African nation.

Ultimately, Grenier’s testimony could help prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald establish a motive for Libby to confirm her identity and employer to reporters in 2003, which Libby denies doing.

But defense lawyer William Jeffress quickly questioned how Grenier’s memory managed to improve substantially since he talked to investigators in 2003-2005. The defense has attacked government witnesses for inconsistencies in their statements during the investigation of the leak of Plame’s name.

Such attacks on memory set the stage for the defense argument that Libby did not lie to investigators about what he told reporters about Plame, but merely had his own memory lapse…

This is quite compelling confirmation of something that has been alleged all along:

Former CIA Iraq Mission Manager Robert L. Grenier appeared as a government witness in the trial of Libby on charges of obstruction and lying. He testified he told Libby that the idea of sending ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger was the brainchild of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, who worked in the CIA office that sent him in 2002.

But it didn’t even rate being noted in the AP’s headline.

And you can be sure the rest of our watchdog media will ignore it completely.

It once again puts the lie to their darling couple, Mr. and Mrs. Plame.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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