April 6, 2006

Court Documents cite President Authorizing CIA Leak

“Defendant testified that the vice president later advised him that the president had authorized defendant to disclose the relevant portions of the NIE,” Fitzgerald wrote.
Cheney previously has said he has authority to release classified information, as does the president.

This is hearsay, with respect to the president’s role. It’s Libby saying that Cheney said…

However, I assume it is good testimony about the vice president’s involvement.

Posted by James at April 6, 2006 1:51 PM
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My friend Greg said he's having impeachment fantasies, and so am I!

Yah, ya bastard, we gotcha!

Posted by: Patti M. at April 6, 2006 2:09 PM

It is hearsay, but it could still have an effect on everyone in the White House. If Libby is telling the truth, then all the other staff members can safely assume that the White House will let them take the fall too if they get caught covering up Bush & Cheney's dirty deeds. And if Libby is lying (unlikely, since he would have lied earlier), the Bushes and Cheneys will have to stop enlisting lackeys to participate in their underhandedness, because some of them might be more treacherous than Libby.

Blackmail is a lot trickier when EVERYONE has something to hide...

Posted by: Julie at April 6, 2006 2:31 PM

Good point, Julie!

Posted by: Patti M. at April 6, 2006 2:34 PM

Here's another thought. Maybe Libby is telling the truth, but Cheney lied to him about Bush. I wonder how Bush would react, in that case...

Posted by: Julie at April 6, 2006 2:43 PM

Oh, no doubt that, if it's true, it will have an effect.

It's clear that Libby doesn't trust Bush to have the political power to protect him. He's probably not the only one who feels that way.

Who wants to be hung out to dry?

Posted by: James at April 6, 2006 2:44 PM

Cat fight in the Oval Office?

Posted by: Patti M. at April 6, 2006 2:44 PM

I think it basically comes down to Cheney. He has to decide who to hang out to dry. He either says Libby is lying or he gives up Dubya. It's not likely that he'll take the fall himself.

Posted by: briwei at April 6, 2006 10:40 PM

Will the White House simply argue that authorization from the president is enough to bypass whatever protocol is established for declassification?

Posted by: James at April 6, 2006 11:14 PM

"whoever is found to have leaked this information will no longer be a part of this administration" !


"Well, unless it was me, of course!"

Posted by: Bob McCown at April 7, 2006 12:10 PM

Yes, that statement was the ultimate in projection.
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From http://www.heretical.com/sexsci/bpsychol.html

Freudian Projection

The following is a collection of definitions of projection from orthodox psychology texts. In this system the distinct mechanism of projecting own unconscious or undesirable characteristics onto an opponent is called Freudian Projection.

"A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits."

"Attributing one's own undesirable traits to other people or agencies, e.g., an aggressive man accuses other people of being hostile."

Posted by: Patti M. at April 7, 2006 12:24 PM

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