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April 10, 2015 (OPE) (Scroll down for video)
by Jim Wrenn, Editor, PoliSat.Com a.k.a. PoliticalXray.Com
Judith-Come-Lately -- But Too Late for Scooter Libby that in 2015 Judith Miller Reveals in Her New Book, "The Story," that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald "Manipulated" her Flawed Recollection to Convict Scooter Libby in Connection with "Outing" Valerie Plame as a CIA "Operative" Despite Fitzgerald Having Known that Richard Armitage Did It.
Former New York Times reporter, Judith Miller, in promoting her new book, The Story, on April 7, 2015, drew attention to aspects of her book focusing on the criminal prosecution and conviction of former Vice-President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, in connection with a "leak" identifying Valerie Plame as a CIA "operative" who had arranged for her husband, Joe Wilson, to travel to Niger to "investigate" intelligence reports (before Bush 43 launched Operation Iraqi Freedom) that Saddam Hussein had attempted to procure (but not succeeded in procuring) "yellowcake" uranium from Niger for a nuclear-weapons program. (Rest of this installment continues below the video.)
In what is manifestly a Judith-Come-Lately fashion both in her new book and her publicity-tour touting it, she (belatedly) asserts that in such prosecution of Scooter Libby, the former Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald manipulated her (Miller's) flawed recollection of her conversations with Scooter Libby in order for Fitzgerald to convict Scooter Libby in connection with such leak even though Fitzgerald knew from a time almost immediately after his appointment as Special Prosecutor:
(a) that the leaker was Richard Armitage rather than Scooter Libby and
(b) that even though Armitage was serving in the Bush 43 administration, he was an ardent political opponent of Bush 43, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby with respect to Operation Iraqi Freedom in general and the question of whether Saddam Hussein had previously sought to obtain (but not obtained) "yellowcake" uranium from Niger for a nuclear program, and
(c) that both Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, were likewise ardent political opponents of Bush 43, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby regarding the same foreign-policy issues.
That Fitzgerald railroaded Libby (and that Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were operating as political moles against Bush 43's foreign policy) is not "news" to anyone knowledgeable about the case at the time. What's "news" is that it isn't until now -- nearly a decade after Libby was railroaded into a felony conviction (by a jury in the overwhelmingly liberal-Democrat venue of Washington, D.C. overtly hostile to anyone and everyone in the Bush 43 Administration) and then disbarred as a lawyer on the basis of such conviction -- that Judith Miller has chosen to draw public attention to the way Fitzgerald used her flawed recollection to persecute Scooter Libby.
Why now and not then? Someone should ask her. And she should explain why it's taken her so long to do the right thing. But to her credit, she also explains (albeit belatedly) how and why it was specious for critics of Bush 43 to accuse his administration of having falsified evidence that Saddam still possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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