Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Will Fitzgerald Indict a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?

With Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald concluding his investigation of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, there is growing speculation that as many as 22 Bush Administration officials are being investigated, apparently including Vice President Cheney.

Indictments are expected to be handed down in the next few days.

Larry Johnson, a former CIA agent who trained with Plame and has aggressively criticized the Bush Administration via his blog, posted today that a source with ties to someone facing indictment, Fitzgerald is investigating 22 people, including Cheney, his senior advisor Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Seniior Bush Advisor Karl Rove, and National Secuirty Advisor Stephen Hadley.

"Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House," he wrote.

Johnson's words agree with a story in today's New York Daily News, that said Cheney's name has come up amid indications Fitzgerald may be edging closer to a blockbuster conspiracy charge -- with help from "a secret snitch."

"They have got a senior cooperating witness -- someone who is giving them all of that," a source who has been questioned in the leak probe told the Daily News.

Cheney and Libby spend hours together in the course of a day, which causes sources who know both men "to assert that any attempts to discredit Wilson would almost certainly have been known to the vice president."

"Scooter wouldn't be freelancing on this without Cheney's knowledge," a source told the Daily News. "It was probably some off-the-cuff thing: 'This guy [Wilson] could be a problem.'"

That could be enough to lead Fitzgerald to suggest a "vast right-wing conspiracy" to reveal Plame's identity.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post wrote that Fitzgerald was mulling charges of a criminal conspiracy. Under this legal tactic, Fitzgerald would attempt to establish that at least two officials agreed to take affirmative steps to discredit and retaliate against Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, and leak sensitive government information about his wife. To prove a criminal conspiracy, the actions need not have been criminal, but conspirators must have had a criminal purpose.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mike said...

Very nice analysis Dave, I hope you don't mind if I reprint your peice with link and by-line on my blog. Keep up the great work.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all of us fed up with the Bush Administration's devastating crimes and frauds perpetrated on the American people and Congress concerning all things Iraq, we are as giddy as children on the night before Christmas morning.
"Bring it on," Mr. Fitzgerald!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Donaldson said...

I certainly hope you are right, but until I see an indictment come down, I will remain skeptical. From the example of Chicago, Fitzgerald started with small-time corruption and has been trying to work his way up the ladder...though so far nothing has linked the corruption to the current Mayor Daley, amazingly enough. If Fitzgerald is serious about getting the evildoers in the Bush administration, I expect him to use a similar method...IF he's serious.

3:54 PM  

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