This is the story I am sure (I have not had time to check) everyone is blogging about today:
I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.
Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby’s testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said…
Mr. Libby’s notes indicate that Mr. Cheney had gotten his information about Ms. Wilson from George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, in response to questions from the vice president about Mr. Wilson. But they contain no suggestion that either Mr. Cheney or Mr. Libby knew at the time of Ms. Wilson’s undercover status or that her identity was classified. Disclosing a covert agent’s identity can be a crime, but only if the person who discloses it knows the agent’s undercover status.
While I am sure Armando and Arianna had to take a cold shower because this seems to involve Cheney, I don’t think it means little more than the fact that Scooter Libby is in deep trouble. As VP, Cheney is pretty much allowed to discuss these things with George Tenet and Scooter Libby- I think they have the requisite security clearance. What Libby and Rove did with that info is another thing, however, and Libby appears to have lied tothe Grand Jury- if all the previous reports are accurate about his testimony regarding this issue.
As always, I will hand it over to ‘Right wing running dog’ Tom Maguire.