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Friday, February 10, 2006

Cheney: the leak
Court documents seemingly now confirm what was suspected all along - that Scooter Libby was instructed by Dick Cheney to leak secret intelligence information in 2003, which has significant implications in the 'outing' of undercover CIA agent Valeria Plame.

The Washington Post reports that:
Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction, according to court records in the CIA leak case.

Cheney was one of the "superiors" I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said had authorized him to make the disclosures, according to sources familiar with the investigation into Libby's discussions with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame.

This may just be the tip of the iceberg, and this investigation into the Plame affair may well uncover a few more Vice-Presidential scandals yet. Dick Cheney has gone from a trusted aide to a real liability for the Bush White House. The second-term scandals strike again...