Cheney re­sponds

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney asked a fed­eral judge Nov. 14 to dis­miss a law­suit brought against him by a for­mer CIA oper­a­tive who says the White House leaked her iden­tity to the press.

Mr. Cheney’s at­tor­neys crit­i­cized the law­suit in court pa­pers, say­ing it in­vented con­sti­tu­tional rights, in­truded on na­tional se­cu­rity dis­cus­sions and came two years af­ter the statute of lim­i­ta­tions had ex­pired, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

For­mer CIA em­ployee Va­lerie Plame Wil­son claims that she was outed as ret­ri­bu­tion for her hus­band’s crit­i­cism of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pre­war intelligence on Iraq.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Pa­trick J. Fitzger­ald spent years in­ves­ti­gat­ing who re­vealed her iden­tity to syn­di­cated colum­nist Robert No­vak in 2003, but no­body was charged with the leak. Mr. Cheney’s for­mer chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who faces trial in Jan­uary on per­jury and ob­struc­tion, is the only per­son charged in the case. Richard Ar­mitage, a for­mer deputy sec­re­tary of state, has since ac­knowl­edged that he was the ini­tial and pri­mary source for the colum­nist.

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