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Indictment Papers and Highlights of Lewis Libby

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Special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, had plenty of ammunition to bring five counts against I. Lewis Libby. The highlights of the 22 page indictment are below. The entire document is available by clicking the link.
What it shows is that Libby knowing and intentionally set out to disparage Joe Wilson through destroying his wife’s career as a CIA operative.



) Count 1: Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. § 1503)
) Counts 2-3: False Statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2))
) Counts 4-5: Perjury (18 U.S.C. § 1623)

Highlights:

1. On or about June 14, 2003, LIBBY met with a CIA briefer. During their
conversation he expressed displeasure that CIA officials were making comments to reporters critical of the Vice President’s office, and discussed with the briefer, among other things, “Joe Wilson” and his wife “Valerie Wilson,” in the context of Wilson’s trip to Niger.

2.. Shortly after publication of the article in The New Republic, LIBBY spoke by
telephone with his then Principal Deputy and discussed the article. That official asked LIBBY whether information about Wilson’s trip could be shared with the press to rebut the allegations that the Vice President had sent Wilson. LIBBY responded that there would be complications at the CIA in disclosing that information publicly, and that he could not discuss the matter on a non-secure telephone line.

3. On or about June 23, 2003, LIBBY met with New York Times reporter Judith Miller.
During this meeting LIBBY was critical of the CIA, and disparaged what he termed “selective leaking” by the CIA concerning intelligence matters. In discussing the CIA’s handling of Wilson’s trip to Niger, LIBBY informed her that Wilson’s wife might work at a bureau of the CIA.

4. On or about July 7, 2003, LIBBY had lunch with the then White House Press
Secretary and advised the Press Secretary that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and noted that such information was not widely known.

5. On or about the morning of July 8, 2003, LIBBY met with New York Times reporter
Judith Miller. When the conversation turned to the subject of Joseph Wilson, LIBBY asked that the information LIBBY provided on the topic of Wilson be attributed to a “former Hill staffer” rather than to a “senior administration official,” as had been the understanding with respect to other information that LIBBY provided to Miller during this meeting. LIBBY thereafter discussed with Miller Wilson’s trip and criticized the CIA reporting concerning Wilson’s trip. During this discussion, LIBBY advised Miller of his belief that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.

6. On or about July 12, 2003, in the afternoon, LIBBY spoke by telephone to Cooper,
who asked whether LIBBY had heard that Wilson’s wife was involved in sending Wilson on the trip to Niger. LIBBY confirmed to Cooper, without elaboration or qualification, that he had heard this information too.

7. On or about July 12, 2003, in the late afternoon, LIBBY spoke by telephone with
Judith Miller of the New York Times and discussed Wilson’s wife, and that she worked at the CIA.

In truth and fact, as LIBBY well knew when he gave this testimony, it was false in
that:

a. Russert did not ask LIBBY if LIBBY knew that Wilson’s wife worked for
the CIA, nor did he tell LIBBY that all the reporters knew it; and

b. At the time of this conversation, LIBBY was well aware that Wilson’s wife
worked at the CIA


Libby Indictment Papers

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil. Elie Wiesel
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