Thursday, April 13, 2006

Uh, Wha?

CBSNews.com: Print This Story:
(CBS/AP) Lawyers for Lewis "Scooter" Libby said the former White House aide does not claim he was ordered by President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney to reveal the name of a CIA agent as part of a campaign to defend the administration's Iraq war policy.

"We emphasize that consistent with his grand jury testimony, Mr. Libby does not contend that he was instructed to make any disclosures concerning (CIA agent Valerie Plame) by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, or anyone else," the lawyers said in a court filing late Wednesday.

[...]

On Tuesday, Fitzgerald corrected a sentence from last week's filing about declassified portions of the NIE, conceding that he had made it sound like 'a key judgment' of the report was that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure uranium' to make a nuclear bomb.

Those exact words aren't in the 'key judgments' section of the NIE, but they appear elsewhere in the report.

Fitzgerald said he should've explained that Libby was told to talk to New York Times reporter Judith Miller about 'some of the key judgments of the NIE and that the NIE stated that Iraq was vigorously trying to procure uranium.'

Libby's defense team also wants records related to former CIA Director George Tenet's subsequent statements that allegations about Iraq and Niger in the NIE had been largely discounted before Mr. Bush included the now-controversial 16 words about Iraqi attempts to obtain uranium in Africa in his 2003 State of the Union address.

Libby's lawyers dispute Fitzgerald's contention that Libby should not be given any of the documents because he personally had not seen the records.
If he never saw them, how was he supposed to make them known to the reporters, etc.? Doesn't it seem like the defense is doing a bit of a song and dance here, like they're trying to defend their client while protecting the people who gave him the orders?

If Libby was told to make some of the key judgements public, why did he make other parts like the Niger document misinformation public? And how did he know about it if he didn't see the documents? Who told him what to say?
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