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As CIA leak probe passes Rove, Cheney is eyed, lawyer says

As CIA leak probe passes Rove, Cheney is eyed, lawyer says

Excerpted to highlight Cheney's role from an article Saturday in the New York Times. The Times' reporters remark: "Ms. Miller's grand jury appearance increased anxiety in the White House and throughout Republican circles about how the investigation might end."

A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby's account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson's criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney. This lawyer and others who spoke about the case asked that they not be identified because of grand jury secrecy rules.

On July 12, 2003, four days after his initial conversation with Ms. Miller, Mr. Libby consulted with Mr. Cheney about how to handle inquiries from journalists about the vice president's role in sending Mr. Wilson to Africa in early 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq was trying acquire nuclear material there for its weapons program, the person said.

In that account, Mr. Cheney told Mr. Libby to direct reporters to a statement released the previous day by George J. Tenet, director of central intelligence. His statement said Mr. Wilson had been sent on the mission by C.I.A. counter-proliferation officers "on their own initiative."

Mr. Wilson wrote an Op-Ed article in The New York Times on July 6, 2003, saying that "some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat," and that his mission to Africa had been set in motion because of questions that Mr. Cheney's office had put to the C.I.A. The account, which Mr. Libby has provided to the grand jury, portrays his conversations with journalists as intended not to leak Ms. Wilson's name or to smear Mr. Wilson, but to distance the vice president from the criticism raised by Mr. Wilson.

A spokesman for Mr. Cheney, Stephen E. Schmidt, said he could not comment because of the inquiry.

The investigation has found that at least two senior White House officials, Mr. Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush's political strategist, spoke with reporters about Mr. Wilson's wife and her employment at the intelligence agency in the week after the publication of the Op-Ed article. People who have been briefed on their accounts have said the officials did not know of Ms. Wilson's status and did not supply journalists her name.



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I saw a special about the BTK Serial Killer tonite, and I realized , omigosh! > Bush and his gang fit the profile of serial killers> educated white men who go to church and have "respectable" jobs and are well known in their community and are "normal" on the outside, and yet are brazen about covering-up their secretive double lives. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ENTIRE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS LIKE, the only difference between BTK and PNAC members is that BTK is one guy , and PNAC is a cabal of killers that are in power.

If one , just one of these PNAC thugs gets indicted for SOMETHING, then maybe, JUST MAYBE , the mainstream media will pick up on the PNAC connection and start REPORTING about the worst serial mass killing conspiracy in the history of the United States.

Both Rove and Libby should be tired under the espionage charges. I specifically refer to Title 18, Sections 793 and 794. As usual, the Corporate Media is giving America a snow job by failing to discuss the numerous violations of Title 18.

The IIPA has absurdly high thresholds for conviction, which neither 793 or 794 require. Under these Title 18 sections, all that is required for conviction is to prove "harm to the public defense" or "advantage to any foreign nation". Most certainly a CIA Agent Working on WMD meets both critera. Just failing to report a negligent disclosure under 793, is a crime. Violation of 794(b) during War Time, merits DEATH. Intent doesn't matter and Rove's stated reason for giving this to the press only makes a conviction easier to obtain. Legal precedent in US v Morison:

"Finally, the danger to the United States is just as great when this information is released to the press as when it is released to an agent of a foreign government. The fear in releasing this type of information is that it gives other nations information concerning the intelligence gathering capabilities of the United States. That fear is realized whether the information is released to the world at large or whether it is released only to specific spies."

Remember, the terms of the Violated Non-Disclosure Agreement:

"I have been advised that any unauthorized disclosure of classified information by me may constitute a violation, or violations, of United States criminal laws, including the provisions of Sections 641, 793, 794, 798, 952 and 1924, Title 18, United States Code, the provisions of Section 783(b), Title 50, United States Code, and the provisions of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982."

To prove the necessary "intent" under 794(b), Fitzgerald only has to present sufficient evidence that Rove and others knew the enemy would have access to the main stream media at the time they communicated information relating to the public defense to Novak and/or other reporters.

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