Vice President Cheney was personally angered by a former U.S. ambassador's newspaper column attacking a key rationale for the war in Iraq and repeatedly directed I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then his chief of staff, to "get all the facts out" related to the critique, according to excerpts from Libby's 2004 grand jury testimony released late yesterday by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald."Get all the facts out," conveniently for Cheney, however, does not necessarily mean tell the world Wilson's wife works for the CIA. But it is clear that his direction was negligent. For Valerie Wilson's employment at the CIA was classified yet he failed to protect this information. He failed to direct proper attention to this fact and the ramifications of a takedown of her husband. So today's news is further clarification of the Veep's prioritizing of the political over national security concerns. And so the spectre of him having to testify and be drawn into this is satisfying indeed.
Libby also told the grand jury that Cheney raised as an issue that the former ambassador's wife worked at the CIA and that she allegedly played a role in sending him to investigate the Iraqi government's interest in acquiring nuclear weapons materials. That issue formed the basis of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's published critique.
With Rove hell bent on getting the Republicans re-elected this fall, and I wouldn't bet the ranch on a switch to the Dems, it might very well be that Fitzgerald is the only individual holding this bunch to account.