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Plames Sue Cheney, Rove, Libby, Their Moms

Just kidding about their moms, I think.

From her fans in the Associated Press:

Mr. and Mrs. Plame

Plame sues White House figures over CIA leak

Former CIA officer and husband file lawsuit against Cheney, Libby, Rove

July 13, 2006

WASHINGTON – The CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Valerie Plame and her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador, accused Cheney, Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby of revealing Plame’s CIA identity in seeking revenge against Wilson for criticizing the Bush administration’s motives in Iraq.

Several news organizations wrote about Plame after syndicated columnist Robert Novak named her in a column on July 14, 2003. Novak’s column appeared eight days after Wilson alleged in an opinion piece in The New York Times that the administration had twisted prewar intelligence on Iraq to justify going to war.

The CIA had sent Wilson to Niger in early 2002 to determine whether there was any truth to reports that Saddam Hussein’s government had tried to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger to make a nuclear weapon. Wilson discounted the reports, but the allegation nevertheless wound up in President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address.

This is hilarious on so many levels.

How has Plame been damaged again? And does she really want to go through "discovery"?

And is it really a good idea to use your next door neighbor (who specializes in "gay rights" and "internet law") as your attorney?

It sounds like her good pal Larry Johnson and ace journalist Jason Leopold must be advising her.

And speaking of Plame’s damages, here is a surely unrelated story also from the DNC’s Associated Press:

Ex-CIA Officer Finds New Memoir Publisher

Thursday, July 13, 2006

BY HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK — Former CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose outing led to the indictment of a White House official, has agreed to write her memoirs for Simon&Schuster, weeks after a reported seven-figure deal with the Crown Publishing Group fell through.

"It will be a very interesting book by a key figure of our time," Simon&Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed and no publication date has been set. In early May, Crown announced that it would publish Plame’s book, but the two sides could not agree on a final contract.

Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a CIA operative whose identity was revealed after syndicated columnist Robert Novak named her in a column on July 14, 2003. Novak’s column appeared eight days after Wilson alleged in an opinion piece in The New York Times that the administration had twisted prewar intelligence on Iraq to justify going to war.

Novak’s column led to an extensive government investigation and the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby faces trial in January on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges, accused of lying to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about when he learned Plame’s identity and what he subsequently told reporters.

Libby is also being sued by Plame and Wilson. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., accuses Libby, Cheney, presidential adviser Karl Rove and 10 unnamed administration officials or political operatives of conspiring to destroy her career.

Plame will not necessarily get to write about everything she knows. Because she is a former CIA official, the contents of her book are subject to an agency review. She was reportedly involved with intelligence gathering in the lead-up to the war in Iraq.

(Thanks to English Queen for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 13th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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