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