Cheney[ edit ] Main article: Wilson v. Bates dismissed the Wilsons' lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds on July 19, ;     the Wilsons appealed. On August 12, , in a decision, the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the dismissal.
Circuit to review the case and appeal to the U. Supreme Court. On the current justice department position, Sloan stated: "We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to recognize the grievous harm that Bush White House officials inflicted on Joe and Valerie Wilson. The government's position cannot be reconciled with President Obama's oft-stated commitment to once again make government officials accountable for their actions. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal.
In fact Cogema, now a subsidiary of Areva , is a French parastatal company and uranium extraction in Niger was exclusively controlled by French interests until , when bids for exploration permits were opened to some foreign companies led by other interests.
The second controversial allegation in the film was the suggestion that Plame's name had been leaked to the press, and specifically to Robert Novak , by someone in the White House , as retribution for Wilson's critical public comments about the uranium claim.
The Washington Post editorial and May both stated that the source for the leak was instead State Department official Richard Armitage , who was himself an opponent of the Iraq War and thus would have no reason to try to discredit Wilson. It was an offhand revelation from this official, who is no partisan gunslinger. When I called another official for confirmation, he said: "Oh, you know about it.
At the CIA, the official designated to talk to me denied that Wilson's wife had inspired his selection but said she was delegated to request his help. He asked me not to use her name, saying she probably never again will be given a foreign assignment but that exposure of her name might cause "difficulties" if she travels abroad. He never suggested to me that Wilson's wife or anybody else would be endangered.
If he had, I would not have used her name. I used it in the sixth paragraph of my column because it looked like the missing explanation of an otherwise incredible choice by the CIA for its mission. Waas in The American Prospect of February 12, , the CIA source warned Novak several times against the publication: two "administration officials" spoke to the FBI and challenged Novak's account about not receiving warnings not to publish Plame's name; according to one of the officials, "At best, he is parsing words At worst, he is lying to his readers and the public.
Journalists should not lie, I would think. A search of the LexisNexis database for the terms "CIA operative" and "agency operative" showed Novak had accurately used the terms to describe covert CIA employees, every time they appear in his articles. She was asked how she learned of Novak's reference to her in his column. Plame told the committee I found out very early in the morning when my husband came in and dropped the newspaper on the bed and said, 'He did it'.
We had indications in the week prior that Mr. Novak knew my identity and my true employer. And I of course alerted my superiors at the agency, and I was told, don't worry; we'll take care of it. And it was much to our surprise that we read about this July I believe, and this is what I've read, that the then-spokesman, Mr.
Harlow, spoke directly with Mr. Novak and said something along the lines of, don't go with this; don't do this. I don't know exactly what he said, but he clearly communicated the message that Mr. Novak should not publish my name. Wilson's name. He couldn't tell Novak that Valerie Wilson was undercover. Saying so over an open phone line itself would have been a security breach.
Bill danced around the subject and asked Novak not to include her in the story. Several years and many court dates later, we know that the message apparently didn't get through, but Novak never told Bill that he was going to ignore his advice to leave Valerie's name out of his article.
Novak replied: If you read my book, you find a certain ambivalence there. Journalistically, I thought it was an important story because it explained why the CIA would send Joe Wilson — a former Clinton White House aide with no track record in intelligence and no experience in Niger — on a fact-finding mission to Africa.
From a personal point of view, I said in the book I probably should have ignored what I'd been told about Mrs. Now I'm much less ambivalent. I'd go full speed ahead because of the hateful and beastly way in which my left-wing critics in the press and Congress tried to make a political affair out of it and tried to ruin me.
My response now is this: The hell with you. They didn't ruin me. I have my faith, my family, and a good life. A lot of people love me — or like me. So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I don't think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever. That frees me to reveal my role in the federal inquiry that, at the request of Fitzgerald, I have kept secret.
That Fitzgerald did not indict any of these sources may indicate his conclusion that none of them violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. In my sworn testimony, I said what I have contended in my columns and on television: Joe Wilson's wife's role in instituting her husband's mission was revealed to me in the middle of a long interview with an official who I have previously said was not a political gunslinger.
After the federal investigation was announced, he told me through a third party that the disclosure was inadvertent on his part. Following my interview with the primary source, I sought out the second administration official and the CIA spokesman for confirmation.
Italics added. Reportedly, Armitage told Powell: "I'm sure [Novak is] talking about me. Armitage acknowledged that he had passed along to Novak information contained in a classified State Department memo: that Wilson's wife worked on weapons-of-mass-destruction issues at the CIA But Powell and his aides feared the White House would then leak that Armitage had been Novak's source — possibly to embarrass State Department officials who had been unenthusiastic about Bush's Iraq policy.
So Taft told Gonzales the bare minimum: that the State Department had passed some information about the case to Justice. He didn't mention Armitage. Taft asked if Gonzales wanted to know the details. The president's lawyer, playing the case by the book, said no, and Taft told him nothing more.
Armitage's role thus remained that rarest of Washington phenomena: a hot secret that never leaked. Wilson's identity as a CIA operative. Novak responded: "I told Mr. I'm going to say one thing, though, I haven't said before. And that is that I believe that the time has way passed for my source to identify himself. Time says it will fight the subpoena. August 9 US district judge Thomas Hogan rejects claims that the US constitution's provision for freedom of the press protects Cooper from testifying and finds Cooper and Time in contempt of court.
Time magazine appeals the ruling. August 12 to 14 The grand jury summons New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who gathered material for a story but did not write one.
The New York Times says it will fight subpoena. August 24 Cooper agrees to give a deposition after Lewis Libby, vice president Dick Cheney's chief of staff, personally releases Cooper from a promise of confidentiality.
September 13 According to court documents, the grand jury issues a further subpoena to Cooper seeking additional information relating to the case.
Cooper and Time move to quash the subpoena. October 7 Judge Hogan holds Miller in contempt.This decision means that government officials can abuse their his client testified that, as President Bush was flying document on board. Some of his own statements on this are contradictory. I did not suggest him.
I find it simpler and more NPOV to parse things out now and to keep known fact seperate from spin, damage control and speculation.
Libby expressed some doubt, however, adding "Mr. Wilson there's language about "discrediting Wilson" from User:Larryfooter with dubious and incomplete references to a senate report. Bolton was interviewed by the State Department inspector general in -- RyanFreisling , 29 July UTC Ryan, sorry about pulling this out of the grand jury witnesses list. October 21 Reports surface that Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a meeting with Mr Libby only after being shown White House records showing that the two had met as early as June 23
All I can do is admit them, try to be better, and read more thoroughly next time, Ugh. Bates stated: The merits of plaintiffs' claims pose important questions relating to the propriety of actions undertaken by our highest government officials. Unauthorized disclosure of any classified is a crime.
July 1 Time magazine agrees to comply with a court order to turn over Cooper's notes, email and other documents. This was a doozy.
And a lawyer for one State Department official says his client testified that, as President Bush was flying to Africa on Air Force One two years ago, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer could be seen reading the document on board. A search of the LexisNexis database for the terms "CIA operative" and "agency operative" showed Novak had accurately used the terms to describe covert CIA employees, every time they appear in his articles.
October 12 Miller completes her grand jury testimony. According to court documents, the Probation Office states its opinion that the more serious sentencing standards should not apply to Libby since "the criminal offense would have to be established by a preponderance of the evidence, Rove told the grand jury that three days later, he had a phone conversation with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper and, in an effort to discredit some of Wilson's allegations, informally told Cooper that he believed Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, though he never used her name. I didn't put any big import on it and I just answered and it was the last question we had. We don't like being here. Wilson and covered two tickets.
But he did not tell Novak directly that she was undercover because that was classified information. Tenet has told investigators that he had no specific recollection of discussing Plame or her role in her husband's trip with Cheney. October 13 Cooper and Time are held in contempt. I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. There was no ill-intent on my part and I had never seen ever, in 43 years of having a security clearance, a covert operative's name in a memo. Plame", worked at the agency was because I saw it in a memo.
Bates dismissed the Wilsons' lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds on July 19, ;     the Wilsons appealed. Bush have been interviewed by Fitzgerald, although not under oath. Several years and many court dates later, we know that the message apparently didn't get through, but Novak never told Bill that he was going to ignore his advice to leave Valerie's name out of his article.
However, that doesn't take away from what Mrs.