The “Plame Game” takes a new twist as Former CIA Agent, Valerie Plame, who’s identity was illegally leaked by high level officials from within the White House to discredit her husband’s claims that the Bush Administration was completely falsifying stories that Iraq had purchased WMD materials from Niger, has filed a civil lawsuit against VP Dick Cheney, Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby—who has been the only person indicted in this hideous scandal—and Bush family servant Karl Rove plus at least 10 other White House officials.
Ms. Plame’s lawsuit contends that the senior Bush Administration officials endangered her life, her husband’s life, and their children’s lives by leaking her identity to noted conservative columnist Robert Novak and other members of the media and that the leak has infringed on their privacy rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. But then again, the Bush Administration has been slowly and steadily eroding the liberties granted in that sacred document through its secret espionage and surveillance of private American citizens on everything from phone records to bank records to internet usage.
Valerie Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, former Ambassador to Niger, traveled there in the lead up to the ill fated Iraq invasion to verify the claims put forth by Cheney and company that Saddam Hussein was buying centrifuge equipment and yellow cake uranium used to make nuclear weapons. Mr. Wilson’s trip turned up no such evidence supporting these unfounded claims. He even traveled to the African nation at the request of the Bush Administration, a claim that the Bush Administration also refutes.
Mr. Wilson wrote a scathing op-ed piece in the New York Times on July 6, 2003 about his trip to Niger. It was this article that prompted the Bush Administration to plan and execute, a mere 8 days later, the leaking of Ms. Plame’s undercover status within the intelligence agency – an act which is a felony in the United States; in a perverse attempt to discredit Mr. Wilson’s New York Times letter.
It will be interesting to see what the sitting VP and the other named defendants have to say when they are put on the witness stand. Civil court, unlike criminal court, affords attorneys much wider latitude in questioning and does not offer defendants the ability to refuse to testify. It will also be interesting to see if this case even makes that far; it may get thrown out of court.
This blogger applauds the Wilson-Plame lawsuit and thinks it is way past high time the Bush Administration be called on to the carpet to explain their criminal activities of the last 6 plus years. Once again, I’m sure they will lie their way out of it as they always seem to do when cornered by legitimate questions from those who “elected” them.