Saturday, July 14, 2007

Novak Exposes Plame Again!

Columnist Robert Novak started us down the path that lead to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald being appointed to prosecute someone for Criminally revealing the name of a Covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Valerie Plame is married to Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

The results of Mr. Fitzgerald's lengthy, expensive investigation was:
  1. Valerie Plame was not a Covert Agent under the Law
  2. Richard Armitage (State Dept 2nd in Command) revealed Ms. Plame's status, but he did not violate any law when he did so
  3. Mr. Fitzpatrick charged I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with Obstruction of Justice and Lying to Investigators.
    • Mr. Libby stood trial and was found guilty of these charges
  4. No charges were returned for revealing Ms. Plame's status
Several Congressional Committees held hearings on the "Plame outing". Many witnesses, including Valerie Plame, testified. And in his column today (July 14, 2007), Robert Novak may have started another investigation.
Rep. Tom Davis, ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is puzzled by the House Intelligence Committee's claim that Valerie Plame Wilson has been consistent in her sworn testimony. He is asking the Intelligence Committee for documents to back up their contention.

Davis last month noted that Mrs. Wilson had testified to his committee that she, as a CIA employee, had not suggested the fact-finding mission to Niger by her husband, former Amb. Joseph Wilson. She earlier had told the Senate Intelligence Committee staff that she did not recall whether she made such a proposal. Davis also cited an internal CIA e-mail by her saying Wilson "may be in a position to assist."
Conflicting Testomy before Congressional Committees should be investigated.

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