Libby – The Tip of the Iceberg

One thing we can all be certain of – I. Lewis Libby’™s involvement in TreasonGate is but ice shavings on the very top of a large iceberg. For months now, speculation has run rampant that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is making a much larger case – in fact, yesterday he went out of [...]

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One thing we can all be certain of – I. Lewis Libby’™s involvement in TreasonGate is but ice shavings on the very top of a large iceberg. For months now, speculation has run rampant that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is making a much larger case – in fact, yesterday he went out of his way to a) confirm that notion, and b) establish some borders around his continuing investigation.

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times wraps up yesterday’™s events in a very tight column this morning. It’™s well worth a read, and gives a sense of the direction that Fitzgerald’™s new grand jury will be moving. For all intents and purposes, it seems like he hasn’™t even presented an argument yet for whether national security was compromised in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

With a day worth of introspection now behind me, it’™s just a bit disturbing that it’™s taken so long to develop the ‘œnational security’ aspect of the case. To a layman such as myself, it would seem that this angle would be the easiest to confirm (just ask the CIA about Brewster Jennings, fer chrissakes), but perhaps the most sensitive to deal within an open court proceeding.

But then, ‘œopen court’ proceedings are not always necessary in national security cases. Just ask Sibel Edmonds.

Update, 12:30PM: This is floating around on several blogs today, but apparently (even this far into the investigation) the CIA has not yet conducted a formal damage assessment of operations compromised by TreasonGate. Back to you, Porter.

Saturday, October 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: TreasonGate

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