John Hannah and Lewis Libby: Still Key in Plame Probe
[I wrote this on July 16 and just found it in "draft" status, meaning I didn't hit the "publish" button. For the Rove Gate obsessed, it may have another dot or two.]
I think this UPI article by Richard Sale from February 5, 2004 is right on the money.
Federal law enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney's office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity last year. 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.
....On June 12, Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus revealed that an unnamed diplomat had "given a negative report" on the claim and then on July 6, as the Bush administration was widely accused of manipulating intelligence to get American public opinion behind a war with Iraq, Wilson published an Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post, in which he accused the Bush administration of "misrepresenting the facts," asking, "What else are they lying about?"
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