- First and foremost, there was no crime committed. If there was, Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's former Deputy Secretary of State, would have been indicted. He was the one who first leaked Plame's name to the media.
- Patrick Fitzgerald knew this immediately upon completing the deposition of the columnist who printed Plame's CIA employment, Robert Novack. The investigation should have ended there.
- Fitzgerald, regardless, was undeterred and sought to get an Administration Official indicted on mail fraud, if necessary. After hours of grilling both Rove and Libby, Fitzgerald finally found faulty recollection of years-old discussions with reporters in Libby's hours of Grand Jury testimony. Would you have remembered the details of such a conversation to that degree under those conditions? Me? Honestly, probably not.
- Libby will most likely get an appeal and win, Clarice Feldman at The American Thinker does a fabulous job detailing the joke that this trial of a process crime became.
HOWEVER, I want to save a majority of my venom for the real crooks in this case, Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and his "victim" wife, Valerie Plame.
- The entire genesis of the "scandal" centers around the investigation of the "outing" of a "covert" CIA operative, Valerie Plame. The criminality of outing a covert CIA Operative is outlined in the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA). The author of the legislation is Victoria Toensing, who has repeatedly stated that Valerie Plame was NOT covered by the IIPA (read the last bullet-point of this response from Toensing).
- None-the-less, Plame and Wilson have constantly insisted that the IIPA protections were valid in this instance, so it begs the question: why didn't Fitzgerald prosecute ANYONE on that basis? Answer: because Plame wasn't covert. If she was, at best it was negligence on Fitzgerald's part not to indict Armitage, at worst a what seems to be a partisan hit job by the Special Prosecutor smelling Bush Administration blood in the water.
- Joe Wilson's credibility is in shambles, yet he and Plame continue to be lionized by the Useful Idiots and the Left.
Why haven't any of the Useful Idiots pointed out that, prior to the outbreak of "Plamegate", Used Car Salesman Joe Wilson had his wife listed in his "Who's Who of America" entry?
Just another instance of maniacal Bush Hatred running amok. This time in our judicial system.