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Raw Story: John Hannah Is Cooperating

Raw Story reports that Cheney Aide John Hannah is cooperating with Fitzgerald. If it's true, I'm not surprised. In John Hannah and Lewis Libby Still Key in Plame Probe, I wrote:

I think this UPI article by Richard Sale from February 5, 2004 is right on the money.

Sale wrote:

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?"

Also, Joseph Wilson wrote in his book:

In fact, senior advisers close to the president may well have been clever enough to have used others to do the actual leaking, in order to keep their fingerprints off the crime. John Hannah and David Wurmser, mid-level political appointees in the vice president's office, have both been suggested as sources of the leaks. I don't know either, though at the time of the leak, Wurmser, a prominent neoconservative, was working as a special assistant to John Bolton at the State Department. Mid-level officials, however, do not leak information without authority from a higher level. They would have been instruments, not the makers, of decisions.

Hannah is a definite possibility in my mind.

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  • Re: Raw Story: John Hannah Is Cooperating (none / 0) (#1)
    by Molly Bloom on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:06 PM EST
    So Hannah is the canary is singing in the White House. Nice catch on tghe Scale article.

    Re: Raw Story: John Hannah Is Cooperating (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:06 PM EST
    Go Jeralyn!!!! Inspector Dupin would have been proud.

    Re: Raw Story: John Hannah Is Cooperating (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:06 PM EST
    Now sit back and watch the rattlesnakes commit suicide.

    Re: Raw Story: John Hannah Is Cooperating (none / 0) (#4)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:07 PM EST
    Here is more on the rumor of 22 indictments coming down:
    Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at for potential indictment
    No Quarter via americablog and atros