Monday, October 24, 2005

Breaking: Libby learned Plame's Identity From Cheney – Who Heard It From CIA Chief George Tenet

The New York Times just released a story saying that Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby first learned CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity from none other than the Vice President himself.

The secondary bombshell is that Cheney got the information from Plame's boss, then-CIA Director George Tenet.

From the Times story:

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby’s testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.

The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration’s handling of intelligence about Iraq’s nuclear program to justify the war.

Lawyers said the notes show that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.

Mr. Libby’s notes indicate that Mr. Cheney had gotten his information about Ms. Wilson from George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, in response to questions from the vice president about Mr. Wilson.
Looks like obstruction of justice for our boy, Scooter and, if this is true about Tenet, this whole thing just got a lot uglier for Team Bush.