My friend Jason Leopold wrote up a piece on Dickless McHeartstent’s 2004 interview with the special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case. As usual, Jason’s reporting is well worth a read:
A month before Valerie Plame Wilson’s covert status as a CIA operative was revealed, Vice President Dick Cheney told his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, and his press secretary, Cathie Martin, that Plame Wilson worked at the spy agency.
But according to a 28-page summary of Cheney’s May 8, 2004 interview with the special prosecutor probing the leak, Cheney did not recall having that conversation.
“Cheney has no recollection of Cathie Martin entering his office at some point while Scooter Libby was present and advising both of them that [Plame Wilson] was employed by the CIA,” states the interview summary, released late Friday by the FBI after a lengthy court battle between the Bush and Obama administrations and the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). [...]
Cheney described the CIA’s decision to dispatch Ambassador Wilson to Niger as “amateur-hour” and he disparaged the CIA’s handling of Iraq intelligence, which Cheney, Libby and others in the Office of the Vice President pressured agency analysts to manipulate in an attempt to portray Iraq as posing an immediate threat.
Cheney said he could not recall playing any role in the campaign to attack Wilson. But former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan wrote in his memoir, What Happened: Inside The Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, that the White House’s behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit Wilson heated up in June 2003. “The vice president and Libby were quietly stepping up their efforts to counter the allegations of the anonymous envoy to Niger…,” McClellan wrote. [...]
In fact, Cheney stated that he did not recall more than two-dozen key events he was involved in [...]
That’s just a nibble. Go devour the whole piece here.
And after you do, you won’t have an appetite for days.