Skip to comments.New Evidence Cheney Swayed Reaction to Leak (Obama still hunting)
Posted on 07/03/2009 11:34:07 AM PDT by STARWISE
A document filed in federal court this week by the Justice Department offers new evidence that former vice president Richard B. Cheney helped steer the Bush administration's public response to the disclosure of Valerie Plame Wilson's employment by the CIA and that he was at the center of many related administration deliberations.
The administration's discussion of Wilson's link to the CIA was meant to undermine criticism by her husband of administration allegations that Iraq attempted to acquire uranium, a matter that her husband had probed for the CIA, according to testimony presented in a 2007 trial.
He mentioned in particular Cheney's discussion of his conversation with then-CIA Director George J. Tenet about "the decision to send Ambassador Joseph Wilson on a fact-finding mission to Niger in 2002." Wilson is the former CIA operative's husband, and a report he filed after the trip cast doubt on claims that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The statement of President George W. Bush on the Saddam/yellowcake issue:
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Cheney simply connected the dots. Geesh.
Wonder how much the Wilsons had to pay for that story.
Washington Post’s credibility sells for $25,000 to $250,000.
How about some evidence that this poor nation, ready to celebrate freedom and independence (why?), is being ruled by a sinister collection of marxist, America-hating, clueless imbeciles?
Saddam’s word means anything? Saddam did cry wolf but not necessarily for Iran...Richard Armitage and Colin Powell both lied because of their dislike of President Bush and Patrick Fitzgerald knew from the get-go where the truth lay about Libby. Powell is a real Snake-in-the-Grass, I wouldn’t trust a thing that man says any more that I would trust the late Saddam Hussein....any more than I trust Obama to do what he wants you to think he is doing....he actually does what he says he will do while manufacturing one crisis after another for you to believe in.............
so let’s look at this...
we have a VP in Dick Cheney who gets involved in national security issues and wants to help his POTUS....then we have brain dead joe biden, who claims his administration will be tested on national security and is likely to come up with the incorrect response and further, has been nothing but an embarassment the six months he’s been VP...
Wilson is the former CIA operative's husband, and a report he filed after the trip cast doubt on claims that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program. President George W. Bush cited those claims as part of the justification for the Iraq war
Does anyone know which version is true? I rather thought that Wilson's first assertion was in his letter to the New York Times.
Breaking news — Dick Cheney, #2 in the Bush Administration, attempted to sway the policies of the Bush Administration. I’m floored.
If Ubama and Breuer want the material kept secret, then it must be embarrasing to the rats.
As Liz Cheney keeps raising her profile - we will see the state run media ramp up their attacks on her father, making her guilty of something by association.
She’s tough and smart. I’d love to see her run.
This Washington Post article does not even mention Armitage’s name.
Instead, it implies that former Vice President Cheney, who vigorously supported the Iraq War, may have been connected to the leak or may have actively directed a cover up.
We actually care more about the real CIA agents who were outted by you and the New York Times in the "torture" memos.
Is the author THAT ignorant of the basic facts in the case.
“Wilson is the former CIA operative’s husband, and a report he filed after the trip cast doubt on claims that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program.”
Wilson was NOT a “CIA operative”.
The CIA and the State Department discussed the idea of sending someone to Africa to look into the claims that Saddam had ATTEMPTED to acquire nuclear material from Niger.
The CIA did not have human resources in Niger. Joe Wilson was a former ambassador with experience in Niger and in Iraq. His wife, whose department was part of the CIA group looking into the claims offered his name as someone who knew the region, knew Niger officials, past and present.
The only “CIA operative” aspect about the trip was that the Africans he met did not know that the CIA paid for the trip. When Wilson returned he reported back to both the State Department and the CIA.
Lastly, and factually, Wilson “cast doubt” on the claims - which was no more than the doubt he and his wife had before the trip; but “the trip” did not cast doubt on the claims. After Wilson, finally, belatedly, had a formal debriefing from the CIA (because Cheney asked if had been done and it had not), the CIA’s analysis of what Wilson said was told to him in Niger was that the claim was valid - the attempt had been made.
Let’s also not forget that Wilson’s total “investigation” consisted of sitting at a hotel bar and chatting with current and former Niger officials and acquaintances, many of whom would have been liable for international sanctions if they did have involvement with facilitating nuclear aid to Saddam and those facts were known.
Who's having the dinner party and issuing the invitations?!
Wash. Post, OMG, drop it already. No one cares!!
So “steering” is now some sort of crime.
This is hilarious. Everyone knows the complicity of Armitage and Novak in all this, but the moonbats who are now running our country need to ignore it and go after felonious....”steering.”
As I recall, he was debriefed by them, in the
presence of job procurer wife first. Least,
that’s my memory.
The nonprofit group pushing for disclosure, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, responded yesterday with a statement that the Justice Department has subpoenaed such officials without difficulty in the past. "It is astonishing that a top Department of Justice political appointee is suggesting other high-level appointees are unlikely to cooperate with legitimate law enforcement investigations. What is wrong with this picture?" said Melanie Sloan, head of the group."
A little searching reveals that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) provides legal counsel for the Wilsons, and its funding traces back to this group:
Democracy Alliance was founded by former Clinton Treasury official Rob Stein, Erica Payne and various donors in 2005. . ."At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades," The Washington Post reported in August, 2005.. .The Democracy Alliance tries to keep a low profile and its wealthy donors prefer anonymity. According to published reports, organizations funded by Democracy Alliance are asked not to reveal the funding. In 2006 a San Francisco, CA, office was established by the Democracy Alliance at the Presidio in the Tides Center, where Alliance member Drummond Pike has his offce. Rob McKay of the McKay Foundation and Anna Burger of SEIU are the elected chair and vice chair of the board of directors of the Democracy Alliance.  "Members of the Democracy Alliance include billionaires like George Soros and his son Jonathan Soros, former Rockefeller Family Fund president Anne Bartley, San Francisco Bay Area donors Susie Tompkins Buell and Mark Buell, Hollywood director Rob Reiner, Taco Bell heir Rob McKay ... as well as New York financiers like Steven Gluckstern." 
Quite a "nonprofit" group.
What about a “Palin/Cheney” ticket? Talk about getting Ratheads to explode!
R. Jefferey Smith
Joe Wilson & his super secret, gun weilding, so-called undercover CIA agent, ugly *ss wife, Valerie Plame should be in jail themselves.
They are the figment of the media's imagination.
Hi there ... long time no see.
CREW is infamous for their relentless
tearing down of Pres. Bush and anything
righteously American .. and one of
Soros’ pet funding projects, as I recall.
[. . .A bipartisan investigation by the Senate intelligence committee subsequently established that all of these (Wilson's) claims were false — and that Mr. Wilson was recommended for the Niger trip by Ms. Plame, his wife. . .Mr. Wilson's case has besmirched nearly everyone it touched. The former ambassador will be remembered as a blowhard. . .]
Hey WP no one cares about this but the far far left! It is the economy people care about quit beating a long dead horse!
Too true . . thanks. Never saw that.
It’s offical. Being a republican is now a crime.