13 October 2005

How High Will It Go?

The latest bombshell from Raw Story:

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to
determine whether Vice President Dick Cheney had a
role in the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie
Plame-Wilson, individuals close to Fitzgerald say.
Plame’s husband was a vocal critic of prewar
intelligence used by President George W. Bush to
build support for the Iraq war.

The investigation into who leaked the officer's name
to reporters has now turned toward a little known
cabal of administration hawks known as the White
House Iraq Group (WHIG), which came together in
August 2002 to publicize the threat posed by Saddam
Hussein. WHIG was founded by Bush chief of staff
Andrew Card and operated out of the Vice President’s

. . .

Two officials close to Fitzgerald told RAW STORY they
have seen documents obtained from the White House
Iraq Group which state that Cheney was present at
several of the group's meetings. They say Cheney
personally discussed with individuals in attendance at
least two interviews in May and June of 2003 Wilson
gave to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof
and Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, in which
he claimed the administration “twisted” prewar
intelligence and what the response from the
administration should be.

Cheney was interviewed by the FBI surrounding the
leak in 2004. According to the New York Times,
Cheney was asked whether he knew of any concerted
effort by White House aides to name Ms. Wilson.

Sources close to the investigation have also confirmed
that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to
determine Vice President Cheney's role in the outing
of Mrs. Wilson, more specifically, if Cheney ordered
the leak.