CIA leak investigation

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Ex-CIA Man Kiriakou Gets 2.5 Years for Leaks

Judge says she would have given him worse sentence if not for plea deal

(Newser) - Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced today to more than two years in prison by a federal judge who rejected arguments that he was acting as a whistleblower when he leaked a covert officer's name to a reporter . A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence... More »

Feds Spied on New York Times Reporter

Phone, bank, travel records seized in CIA leak investigation

(Newser) - Federal investigators spied extensively on New York Times reporter James Risen in their effort to discover who leaked details to him of the CIA's attempt to pass faulty nuclear information to Iran. The depth of this spying was revealed yesterday, in the criminal trial of his alleged source, former CIA... More »

Cheney: Wilson Mission Was CIA 'Amateur Hour'

New docs show former veep thought ill of Plame husband's Nigeria trip

(Newser) - Dick Cheney's memory may have been a little iffy about the Valerie Plame leak, but Politico reports that the former veep left no room for doubt about his opinion of her husband's trip to Niger to investigate an Iraqi purchase of plutonium. "It was amateur hour out at the... More »

Cheney on Plame Leak: I Can't Recall

VP comes up blank on specifics in newly released interview

(Newser) - After years of effort by the Bush and Obama administrations to keep documents related to the CIA leak case secret, redacted portions of the special prosecutor’s 2004 interview with Dick Cheney released today show plenty of nothing. The then-VP apparently suffered acute memory loss: Cheney told Patrick Fitzgerald he... More »

Evidence Tying Cheney to Plame Leak Grows

Obama DoJ renews Bush-era objections to releasing details

(Newser) - The Obama Justice Department is continuing its efforts to maintain the Bush administration's secrecy over Dick Cheney's role in the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal, the Washington Post reports. A filing this week, intended to bolster the current administration’s case for keeping secret details of the then-VP’s 2004... More »

Cheney Furious at Bush for Not Pardoning Libby

Ex-VP pushed prez for reprieve 'til he left DC

(Newser) - Dick Cheney is furious that President Bush wouldn’t listen when he repeatedly pushed for a last-minute pardon for Scooter Libby, the New York Daily News reports. The ex-VP “went to the mat and came back and back and back at Bush” for a full pardon, said one close... More »

Cheney Says Bush Erred in Not Pardoning Libby

(Newser) - Dick Cheney believes disgraced former chief of staff Scooter Libby, convicted in the CIA leak investigation, deserved a pardon, the Weekly Standard reports. “He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice,” the former vice president said. “Obviously, I disagree with President Bush.” Bush’s... More »

Libby Deserves Bush Pardon

Conviction a 'miscarriage of justice,' writes Fred Barnes

(Newser) - “Simple justice” should compel President Bush to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, writes Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard. “Libby has either been punished far too severely for a very small offense,” writes Barnes “or he is an innocent man.” Libby was convicted of perjury... More »

Libby Hasn't Asked to Be Pardoned

Supporters look to Cheney to sway Bush in final week

(Newser) - President Bush has less than a week to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby for his role in the CIA leak case, and at this point it’s unclear if he will, writes Byron York for the National Review. Dick Cheney's former chief of staff hasn't applied for one through the... More »

Court Tosses Lawsuit Over CIA Leak

It uphholds dismissal of Plame's case against Cheney, others

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today threw out former CIA spy Valerie Plame's lawsuit against Dick Cheney and a group of former Bush White House officials for leaking her identity to the public. The court ruled that Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and former State Department official Richard Armitage were acting... More »

Victim in Novak Hit-and-Run 'Doing Fine'

'I'm a pretty tough guy,' 86-year-old homeless pedestrian says

(Newser) - The pedestrian struck by Robert Novak's Corvette this week says that other than a dislocated shoulder, he’s “doing fine,” the Washington Post reports. In fact, Don Liljenquist seems more star-struck than car-struck: "Bob Novak is the one that hit me?" the homeless 86-year-old said in a... More »

Libby Drops Appeal

Barring presidential pardon, Plame leaker remains convicted felon

(Newser) - Lewis “Scooter” Libby will drop the appeal of his conviction in the CIA leak scandal, the AP reports. President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison term, but Dick Cheney's onetime chief of staff remains a convicted felon. Libby’s lawyer said he was convinced of his client’s innocence,... More »

Justice Dept. Opens Probe of CIA Tapes

Agency under fire for destroying videos of terror interrogations

(Newser) - The Justice Department will open a preliminary investigation into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the severe interrogation of terrorism suspects, MSNBC reports. The CIA's internal watchdog will do the same. The preliminary probes will determine if broader investigations are warranted. The CIA destroyed the tapes in 2005 against the... More »

Bush Blocking Plame Probe, Says Waxman

He wants Mukasey to defy new boss, release documents

(Newser) - A House committee chairman investigating the Valerie Plame affair says the White House is blocking special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald from providing key documents from his investigation, the Washington Post reports. Fitzgerald agreed to hand over his findings before the Bush administration stepped in, says Henry Waxman, who has called on... More »

Bush Blamed in Plamegate

Press secretary says Bush gave him false information

(Newser) - Bush's ex-press secretary says he falsely exonerated Scooter Libby and Karl Rove in the outing of a CIA agent in 2003 because the president told him to, Salon reports. A leaked excerpt of Scott McClellan’s upcoming memoir says that his misinformation came from "the president himself" when McClellan... More »

Prosecutor Flunks Scooter Test

Libby foe Fitzgerald goes on NPR, receives lovely parting gift

(Newser) - The NPR quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" lured US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to last night's taping for a game called "Not My Job"—and a little teasing. Best line: Fitzgerald said he lived on Chicago's North Side but worked downtown, and host Peter Sagal... More »

Judge Tosses Ex-Spy's Suit Against Cheney

Court rules Plame's civil action vs. VP, Rove, Libby won't go forward

(Newser) - A judge today dismissed outed CIA operative Valerie Plame's civil suit against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby, saying that the revelation of her identity "was incidental to the kind of conduct that defendants were employed to perform." Furthermore, the judge ruled, Plame and her husband, ex-ambassador... More »

Commutation Order Baffles Libby Judge

Bush acknowledges White House role in Plame leak

(Newser) - The federal judge who sentenced Scooter Libby to 30 months in prison expressed his frustration with President Bush's commutation order yesterday, pointing out that the administration had championed the sentencing guidelines he followed. Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee with a lock-'em-up reputation, vented in a footnote to an order that... More »

Libby Ponies Up $250K Fine

Convicted felon does financial penance as commutation flap continues unabated

(Newser) - Lewis Libby has discharged the first part of his penalty for perjury and obstruction, paying a $250,000 fine and $400 "special assessment" to the clerk of the DC district court. A facsimile of the cashier's check, dated July 2—the day President Bush issued his commutation order—appeared... More »

Bush Won't Say No to Libby Pardon

Sentence commutation may not be last chapter of CIA leak story

(Newser) - President Bush will not eliminate the possibility of a full pardon for Scooter Libby, he said today. Under fire from supporters for not pardoning the VP's ex-chief of staff and from critics for commuting the 30-month prison sentence—a decision he described as "very difficult"—he said he... More »

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