10/25 NYT article links disclosure to Cheney


First 3 paragraphs:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 - I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.

Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby's testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.

The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson's husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program to justify the war.

Oh man. From Libby's own notes. They're going to have a hell of a time spinning this one.

Podunk wrote:

Oh man. From Libby's own notes. They're going to have a hell of a time spinning this one.

Ah, don't worry, I have a copy of the GOP playbook handy for just such occassions...

"The Times? Aren't they that liberal racket who got in trouble when one of their reporters made up stories?"

"Doesn't matter. That's still no proof that the Foreign Intelligence and Identities Act was broken."

"Wilson's a liar, anyway."

"Fitzgerald has overstepped his bounds yet again."

"The special prosecutor hates freedom."

Yeah, that's about what you can expect to hear once the indictments start flying left and right.

Or perjury doesn't matter:


It only matters when you are lying about blow jobs in the White House, not when you are lying about a cover-up involving a CIA agent.

I've seen blog reports that link this to Mr. Wurmser, the guy who ran the Special Projects office in the Pentagon. He may have been the ultimate source, or perhaps just another one. The story is not complete yet.

Hello VP Rice!