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So tell me: Suppose Libby had testified: “Yeah, I told them, or, in a

coupla cases confirmed to them, that Plame was at CIA and that she was a

prime mover in sending her lying husband to Niger. I didn’t think her

identity was classified because she was at a desk job, she wasn’t even a

case officer, and it turns out that her lying husband had already outed her

on his very own website.”

If I understand your (as usual, terrific) posts, you would say that in that

case Libby would have faced no indictment, right?

If that’s right, then Libby must be one of the all-time fools, because he

must have known all that. And he’s a famously cautious person, all of

which raises doubts in my mind about the case against him. That said,

human history is largely the history of error and foolishness, and this may

well be one more example. I still don’t understand why there isn’t a

section in the indictment that would say, in turgid legalese, “We asked

Libby if he leaked Plame’s identity to any journalist, and he (falsely)

said he had not.” Why go through the back door via three journalists?

Anyway, I don’t think this will go to court. I think the Dems will demand

a Congressional investigation, and I think the Pubs will be unable to say

no. So we’re gonna have another carnival, featuring journalists,

government officials, foreigners galore (as the Niger fantasy gets

explored–man, can I ever not wait to get Vince Cannistraro under oath to

explain all the lies he and his buddies have spawned), and other clowns and

high wire artists…

Michael Ledeen — Michael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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