Magazine article The American Conservative

Scooter Squeals?

Magazine article The American Conservative

Scooter Squeals?

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Scooter Libby may be dusting off the "just following orders" defense. National Journal reports that according to court records and attorneys close to the case, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, under indictment for concealing his role in compromising the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, has testified to a federal grand jury that Cheney and other "superiors" "authorized" him to leak classified information to bolster flagging support for the war.

"Libby testified to the grand jury that he had been authorized to share parts of the NIE [National Intelligence Estimate] with journalists in the summer of 2003 as part of an effort to rebut charges then being made by former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson that the Bush administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make a public case for war," National Journal reports. …

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