posted on Jul, 6 2006 @ 03:15 PM
The Guardian reported yesterday that according to sources in the Plame outing investigation that G. Bush authorized Dick Cheney to take charge of the
discrediting of critic Ambassador Joseph Wilson and that Bush admitted this to prosecutors.
President George Bush directed his vice-president, Dick Cheney, to take personal charge of a campaign to discredit a former ambassador who had
accused the administration of twisting prewar intelligence on Iraq, it emerged yesterday.
The revelation by the National Journal, a respected weekly political magazine, that Mr Bush took a personal interest in countering damaging
allegations by the former ambassador, Joe Wilson, reveals a White House that was extraordinarily sensitive to any criticism of its prewar planning. It
also returns the focus of the criminal investigation into the outing of a CIA agent to the White House only weeks after the senior aide Karl Rove was
told he would not face prosecution.
The Journal said Mr Bush made the admission in a July 24 2004 interview in the Oval Office with the special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who is
leading the investigation into the outing of the CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Ms Plame is married to Mr Wilson, who says her cover was broken in
retaliation after he accused the administration of knowingly using false information on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme.
According to the National Journal, Mr Bush told prosecutors he directed Mr Cheney to disclose classified information both to defend his administration
and to discredit Mr Wilson.
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The politics of character assassination is an evil and dirty game...no party is innocent in this but the Bush administration with the help of Rove
and Cheney have brought it to new lows. I trust nobody could or would disagree with it. But, it was usually left to subordinates. After all aren't
the most powerful man in the world too busy to indulge in such smear campaigns? Apparently not in this case. And, lest we forget, the Plame outing
affair goes right to the heart of why we were dragged into this dirty little war....To be fair however the article does go on to say that Bush did not
specifically authorize the outing of Wilsons wife. Cold comfort if you ask me.
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[edit on 6/7/2006 by Mirthful Me]