Retelling the Case that Implicated Libby

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A recounting of the case of the leaked identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame over the past 3 1/2 years, through some of the voices of the key players.


If it seems like we've been covering the saga of Lewis Libby, Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame for years, well, that's because we have. It began almost exactly four years ago in 2003.

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President GEORGE W. BUSH: If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it. And we'll take the appropriate action.

Mr. JAMES COMEY (U.S. Deputy Attorney General): Effective today, the attorney general has recused himself from further involvement in this matter.

Mr. JOSEPH WILSON (Former U.S. Ambassador): I was shocked that somebody in the U.S. government would take a decision that the political agenda that they were trying to protect or defend was more important than the national security of the country and expose my wife and her activities.

Mr. SCOTT McCLELLAN (Former White House Spokesman): The best way to help the investigation come to a successful conclusion is for me not to get into discussing it from this point. Wait, wait, I don't think that helps advance the investigation.

Mr. PATRICK FITZGERALD (Special Prosecutor, CIA Leak Case): What appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls passing on from one reporter what he heard from another was not true. It was false.

Pres. BUSH: Today, I accepted the resignation of Scooter Libby.

Vice President RICHARD CHENEY: Well, I've certainly advocated declassification and participated in declassification decisions.

Unidentified Man: And were you doing it unilaterally?

Vice Pres. CHENEY: I don't want to get into that.

Ms. VALERIE PLAME (Former CIA Agent, Joseph Wilson's Wife): The harm that is done when a CIA cover is blown is grave. Lives are literally at stake.

BLOCK: That was Valerie Plame-Wilson. We also heard Vice President Cheney, President Bush, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, former White House Spokesman Scott McClellan, Joseph Wilson and Deputy Attorney General James Comey, all part of the CIA leak case.

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