Friday, February 10, 2006
Libby: "Superiors" Told Me to Leak Information
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 10, 2006; Page A08
Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction, according to court records in the CIA leak case.
Cheney was one of the "superiors" I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said had authorized him to make the disclosures, according to sources familiar with the investigation into Libby's discussions with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame.
In a letter written in January and released in court papers filed by Libby's defense Monday, Fitzgerald wrote that Libby testified that his "superiors" authorized him to disclose information from the National Intelligence Estimate to reporters in the summer of 2003.
The National Journal first reported on its Web site yesterday that Cheney had provided the authorization.
Larry Johnson, a former intelligence officer and colleague of Plame's who has been critical of the administration's campaign against Wilson, said the Libby testimony helps prove that top executive branch officials were working to discredit an administration critic.
"This was not some rogue operation, but was directed at the highest levels, and specifically by Dick Cheney," Johnson said. "Libby was definitely a man with a mission, but a man who was given a mission."
GOI: This is damaging stuff. It appears that Libby is talking a blue streak now that the full weight of federal prosecution is pushing down on him. Yet another rat jumping off the U.S.S Bush Administration. Cheney should be forced to resign if this proves to be credible information from Libby.
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