The Plame Blame Game Is Over. Valerie Wilson lost. Dick Cheney and Carl Rove won.

Mick Gregory

Let’s see how the mainstream media spins this loss for the left tomorrow.

Former CIA office worker Valerie Plame (she went by Wilson) lost a lawsuit Thursday that demanded money from Bush administration officials whom she blamed for leaking her agency identity.

Mrs. Wilson (changed to Plame), the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson (formerly with the Clinton administration), (the one who recommended her husband be assigned to the mission of following leads on Iraq’s attemptes to buy yellow cake uranium); had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to disclose her identity in 2003.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove, former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Mrs. Wilson’s identity was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column in 2003, shortly after her husband Wilson began criticizing the administration’s and the UK’s reasons for invading Iraq.

Citizens should be able to follow the dots. Is it usual practice for one’s wife to recommend overseas assignments for their spouse?

Armitage and Rove were the sources for that article, which touched off a lengthy leak investigation. Nobody was charged with leaking but Libby was convicted of lying and obstruction the investigation. Bush commuted Libby’s 2 1/2-year prison term before the former aide served any time.

“This just dragged on the character assassination that had gone on for years,” said Alex Bourelly, one of Libby’s lawyers. “To have the case dismissed is a big relief.”

Plame and Wilson pledged to appeal. Good luck, lawyers have said courts traditionally are reluctant to wade into these types of cases, particularly when Congress has established other resolutions.

In this case, Bates said, Congress passed the Privacy Act to cover many of Plame’s claims. Courts have held that the Privacy Act cannot be used to hold government officials personally liable for damages in court.

Bates also sided with administration officials who said they were acting within their job duties. Plame had argued that what they did was illegal and outside the scope of their government jobs.

“The alleged means by which defendants chose to rebut Mr. Wilson’s comments and attack his credibility may have been highly unsavory,” Bates wrote.

“But there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism, such as that levied by Mr. Wilson against the Bush administration’s handling of prewar foreign intelligence, by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants’ duties as high-level Executive Branch officials,” Bates said.

Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, said Rove was pleased to have the case behind him.

“The risk of being liable for personal damages is not something anybody takes lightly,” Luskin said.

Ms. Wilson, don’t you get it? It’s all about Hillary/Obama now. The Democrat machine won’t spend a penny on you now. You will have to pay for your plastic surgery out of your own pocket now.

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26 thoughts on “The Plame Blame Game Is Over. Valerie Wilson lost. Dick Cheney and Carl Rove won.

  1. This whole thing was an “elite media” driven farce. Fitzgerald all but publicly admitted there was no underlying crime, he knew from Day One that Libby wasn’t the “leaker” even if the law had been violated, and he railroaded the jury to get a process conviction because he was not about to come out of this case empty-handed. The Justice Dept. should never have allowed this travesty to go to trial. Joe & Valerie used this for attention & money, lying about every aspect of it. They’ve had their 15 minutes of fame, and will no doubt continue to be popular at DC coktail parties, but the Democrat Party has gotten all the mileage it’s going to from this. I’m glad Libby does not have to serve time! Episodes like this make us look ridiculous around the world. This case was nothing but a huge waste of resources, in a time when we have REAL problems to confront.

  2. So was Valerie an actual operative or just a glorified admin person? I have read several articles regarding this and she has been called operative and administrator.

  3. TPV,
    The proof that Plame was just a CIA administrator comes from the fact that she is the one who “suggested” her husband, Joe Wilson, go on the junket to the best hotels in Niger and dine like a dignitary on taxpayers’ money as he did little to no reasearch on the yellow cake deal. But he did have an agenda to discredit Bush, callling presidient Bush a “liar” about the yellow cake and Dick Cheney a lying son of a bitch.

    If Plame were an operative, she would have jeopardized her position by being on the paperwork suggesting her husband’s trip.

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