I took some time earlier tonight to read through many of the letters written to the Court on behalf of Scooter Libby (see Reply 14). After reading them, I am even more convinced that the American people have lost a truly great public servant. Contrary to press reports, he was not a super-partisan political hit man. He was an incredibly intelligent family-man who believed in public service and doing good for his country. In my honest opinion, our country can not afford to lose public servants like him.
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5):|
The disgrace is that he lied to federal investigators. That's all he was tried for.
Perhaps. I guess we'll never know what was going through Libby's head. I personally find his story plausible--that he was dealing with thousands of pages of information a day and could not recall specific conversations/events from that long ago. If I was questioned under oath about conversations I had three years ago, I'd probably be convicted of perjury too. And I'm just a college student. Imagine being the Vice President's Chief-of-Staff and National Security Adviser. Libby was dealing with 14 to 16 hour days, and literally endless reports coming into his office. Talking to journalists regularly was part of his job too...So I find it easy to believe that he wouldn't remember a specific conversation he had with a reporter three years ago.
Btw, keep in mind that Libby was Yale-educated and Columbia Law-trained...He was a very successful lawyer for some years. He would not intentionally perjure himself.
|Quoting Baroque (Reply 7):|
I agree, at the very least the original leakers should have been in the dock before Libby. Although are you sure that Arimitage and Rove were the prime leakers?
From everything I have read, yes. Armitage originally leaked it, and Karl Rove was the second source that confirmed it. When Robert Novak's original column mentioned two high-ranking government officials, it was referring to Armitage and Rove.
The best article I have read summarizing what transpired can be found here:
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):|
Armitage admitted he leaked Plame's name last September.
Not only that...Once Armitage realized that he was the source Novak referred to in the column, he told his boss Colin Powell and they immediately contacted the FBI to let them know of the non-intentional leak. Ironically, because the White House vowed not to interfere in the investigation, it did not pry to find out more information when the State Department informed the White House that it had disclosed information regarding the leak to the FBI. Perhaps if it had, the whole "special investigator" witch-hunt would never have occurred.
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):|
The only reason I can offer for why he's not on trial is because of the musical chairs the White House has been playing over the U.S. attorneys.
I don't think that has anything to do with this. All of this transpired many months ago already. What do you think the connection between this and the U.S. attorney scandal is?
Almost as soon as the investigation began, the special prosecutor knew that Armitage was the source of the original leak (unintentionally, but still the original leak) because Armitage had contacted the FBI. I don't know how exactly it came out that Rove was the second source though, but clearly Fitzgerald knew who both the sources were and chose not to charge either of them. And Robert Novak, who chose to write a column outing a CIA
agent, has also gotten away with this injustice.
|Quoting Baroque (Reply 11):|
Ah yes, but did Richard wake up one morning and think to himself, "Aha, I must leak a CIA agent's name today" or was he told to do it?
No. Armitage was very much a straight-shooter in the first Bush administration. Colin Powell and Armitage are best-friends going back many years, and both view international relations in similar ways. When Novak announced that his source was "no partisan gun-slinger," Armitage realized that Novak was referring to him and that was when he contacted the FBI.
|Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 16):|
Give it time... for all we know, this coul dbe a stepping stone.
Doubt it. The "special investigation" is over. One would think there would be more of an outcry from the American people that the person who ACTUALLY leaked the name went unpunished.
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