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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Darth Cheney

CUE the "Darth Vader" themesong - here comes the VP.

Cheney may be target of probe

Duh duh duh, duh da duh duh da da:
WASHINGTON - A special prosecutor's intensifying focus into who outed a CIA spy has raised questions whether Vice President Cheney himself is involved, knowledgeable sources confirmed yesterday.

At least one source and one reporter who have testified in the probe said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is pursuing Cheney's role in the Valerie Plame affair.

In addition, at least SIX current and former Cheney staffers - most members of the WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP - have testified before the grand jury, including the vice president's top honcho, Lewis (Scooter) Libby, and two top Cheney national security lieutenants.
Yes, there's that pesky White House Iraq Group again.

Sith Lords, methinks.

Speaking of:

CIA leak probe 'widening to include use of intelligence'

WHIG intelligence:
Evidence is building that the probe conducted by Patrick Fitzgerald, special prosecutor, has extended beyond the leaking of a covert CIA agent's name to include questioning about the administration's handling of pre-Iraq war intelligence.

According to the Democratic National Committee, a majority of the nine members of the WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP have been questioned by Mr Fitzgerald.

The team, which included senior national security officials, was created in August 2002 to “EDUCATE THE PUBLIC” about the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction on Iraq.
One more time:
The team, which included senior national security officials, was created in August 2002 to “EDUCATE THE PUBLIC” about the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction on Iraq.
"Educate the public" is a nice way of saying, "Spook the public...by lying about WMD's."

Back to the first article.
Cheney's name has come up amid indications Fitzgerald may be edging closer to a blockbuster conspiracy charge - with help from a SECRET SNITCH.
"From a what?"

"A 'secret snitch,' sir."

"Bullshit! You find him now! NOW!"

"Yes, sir."

"And bring him to me! I'll eat his face off!!!"
"They have got a senior cooperating witness - someone who is giving them all of that," a source who has been questioned in the leak probe told the Daily News yesterday.

*

Libby and President Bush's political mastermind Karl Rove remain the focus of the probe into whether Plame's cover was blown in a scheme to embarrass her husband, ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who debunked claims that Iraq tried to buy nuclear materials in Niger.

Libby is often described as "Cheney's Cheney," a loyal and discreet lieutenant who shares his boss's hard-line philosophy and bareknuckle attitude toward political enemies of the Bush administration.
"What do they call me?"

"Cheney's Cheney, sir."

(Pause)

"Okay then."
Cheney and Libby spend hours together in the course of a day, (CUTE) which causes sources who know both men very well to assert that any attempts to discredit Wilson would almost certainly have been known to the vice president.

"Scooter wouldn't be freelancing on this without Cheney's knowledge," a source told the Daily News.

"It was probably some off-the-cuff thing: 'This guy [Wilson] could be a problem.'"
No.

It went, "Who the fuck is this motherfucker and what the fuck do we fucking know about him?!"

"Sir -- "

"He's a fucking dead man! Aaaggghhh!!!"

(Heart attack #17. At this point, he feels no pain.)
The News reported in July that Libby was "totally obsessed with Wilson."

Whether that obsession amounts to criminal misconduct will be decided by Fitzgerald - but if Libby is indicted or implicated in wrongdoing, Cheney's reputation will suffer as well.
Okay.

Check back in a couple of hours - say 2 pm PST.

I'll have the key bits from the latest White House press conference by then.

HERE IT IS:
Q: Is the President confident that Cheney did not leak Valerie Plame's identity?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I appreciate any question on this, but as you know, Suzanne, our policy is not to comment on an investigation while it's ongoing. And that means any question relating to it.

And I'm just not going to comment on an investigation while it's ongoing. The President has directed the White House to cooperate fully with the investigation.

I would encourage you not to prejudge the outcome of the investigation and not to speculate about it.

What we have done is to make sure that we're cooperating fully with the special prosecutor. We want him to come to a successful conclusion, and he continues to do his work.

Q: You said that you were going to check to see if President Bush or either Cheney had been asked, once again, to go before the special prosecutor and answer questions after their initial hearing.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, the President has not. I provided you information when he was interviewed previously. And my understanding is the same applies to the Vice President.

Q Yes, Scott, you said that the President has directed the White House to cooperate fully with the investigation. So can you tell us whether Harriet Miers, in her connection with the White House, has been involved in any way with the leak investigation, or whether she's testified before the Fitzgerald grand jury?

MR. McCLELLAN: She has been -- carried out the direction of the President, just like the rest of us here, to cooperate fully with the special prosecutor. She has been White House Counsel during part of the time that this investigation has been ongoing. I'm not going to comment on the investigation, though, beyond that.

Go ahead, Richard.

Q Yes, Scott, in the terms of the vetting process for Harriet Miers -- BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.
That was it.

Spineless bastards, all.

More later...

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