Cheney Employees Implicated in Valerie Plame Scandal

Richard Sale, an intelligence correspondent for UPI, is reporting that Federal law enforcement officials say there is "hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct" by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney's office relating to the leak of the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame.

The investigation, which is continuing, could lead to indictments, a Justice
Department official said. According to these sources, John Hannah and Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby were the two Cheney employees.

"We believe that Hannah was the major player in this," one federal law
enforcement officer said. Calls to the vice president's office were not returned. Hannah and Libby did not return calls. The strategy of the FBI is to make clear to Hannah "that he faces a real possibility of doing jail time," as a way to pressure him to name superiors, one federal law enforcement official said.

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