Plame: Did Bush Know?

Since the time that Valerie Wilson Plame was outted as a CIA operative, it’™s been clear to anyone paying attention that the Bush regime was digging hard and deep to cover up their involvement. Whether it was Scooter Libby, Richard Armitage, or whoever committed the original leaking sin, the question is and remains, who [...]

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Since the time that Valerie Wilson Plame was outted as a CIA operative, it’™s been clear to anyone paying attention that the Bush regime was digging hard and deep to cover up their involvement. Whether it was Scooter Libby, Richard Armitage, or whoever committed the original leaking sin, the question is and remains, who knew and who put Plame’™s name into play?

These questions have been receiving new scrutiny as Libby’™s defense lawyer tries to get his client off the hook. The old saying goes, ‘œthere’™s no honor among thieves’, and it’™s looking more and more like there were a lot of thieves involved in the retribution against former ambassador Joe Wilson’™s debunking of the regime’™s Iraq nuclear nightmare scenario.

Dick Cheney kept some notes – or at least, his staff missed shredding some of them when federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald started the investigation into who blew Plame’™s cover and endangered or stopped some important work in progress. One of the notes has emerged in Libby’™s trial, and on the face of it, the note seems to implicate knowledge on the part of the White House, if not George Bush himself.

TruthOut breaks down Cheney’™s note (and implications of the note) in an article published this afternoon:

‘¦But Cheney’™s notes, which were introduced into evidence Tuesday during Libby’™s perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial, call into question the truthfulness of President Bush’™s vehement denials about his prior knowledge of the attacks against Wilson. The revelation that Bush may have known all along that there was an effort by members of his office to discredit the former ambassador begs the question: Was the president also aware that senior members of his administration compromised Valerie Plame’™s undercover role with the CIA?

Further, the highly explicit nature of Cheney’™s comments not only hints at a rift between Cheney and Bush over what Cheney felt was the scapegoating of Libby, but also raises serious questions about potentially criminal actions by Bush. If Bush did indeed play an active role in encouraging Libby to take the fall to protect Karl Rove, as Libby’™s lawyers articulated in their opening statements, then that could be viewed as criminal involvement by Bush’¦

Many moons ago, I opined that Watergate started from a much smaller incident than the Plame affair. A seemingly insignificant scribble on the (for all intents and purposes) back of a napkin could have major implications down the road for the regime. I have little doubt that much more will be revealed in the coming days regarding the Bush regime’™s involvement in a federal crime and coverup of the crime.

I’™m starting to get the feeling that Patrick Fitzgerald hasn’™t yet dropped the last shoe in this case. This could get really good.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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