October 31, 2009 in Nation/World

Cheney hazy on CIA leak

Pete Yost Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Dick Cheney told the FBI in 2004 he had no idea who leaked to the news media that Valerie Plame, wife of a Bush administration critic, worked for the CIA.

A summary of the FBI’s interview with the then-vice president reflects that he had deep concern about Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who said the administration had twisted prewar intelligence in Iraq.

Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI in the probe of who leaked Plame’s identity.

In the interview, Cheney said he did not recall discussing Wilson’s wife with Libby before her CIA employment was revealed on July 14, 2003. Libby’s notes produced at his trial reflect that Cheney told him about the employment of Wilson’s wife with the CIA in mid-June 2003, a month before it became public knowledge.

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