ABC Junk Journalists omit fact that Scooter Libby was not convicted of leaking name of CIA agent but of process crimes
ABC Junk Journalists omit key historical facts in their report about President Trump planning to pardon Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, leaving the impression that he was responsible for a leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name early in The Bush Administration. This story is propaganda hoping to enrage Trump opponents by creating the view that the administration is pardoning real crooks.
The Junk Journalists write “After Libby claimed that he couldn’t have been the source of the leak, multiple people came forward to testify that they learned of Plame’s identity from Libby prior to when Libby said he had first received the information.” Except Libby was not the leaker. Just a small fact to leave out of the story.
“WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage acknowledged Thursday that he was the source who first revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak back in 2003, touching off a federal investigation.”
CNN reported that Armitage told CBS News that he revealed the agent’s identity by accident. Armitage also explains that he told the special prosecutor and grand jury looking into the investigation that he was the source, but could not come out publicly because the special counsel requested he not disclose the information to the public.
The Libby story reveals the hazards of special counsel investigation. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald knew that Richard Armitage leaked Plame’s name, according to news reports but pursued Libby anyway. Libby was not convicted of leaking the name but of obstruction and of lying to investigators. Fitzgerald knowing the truth convicted Libby for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in relation to a crime he did not commit.