July 13, 2006
Breaking News: Valerie Plame Sues Cheney, RoveFrom Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband sued Vice President Dock Cheney, top presidential aide Karl Rove and others on Thursday for their role in the public disclosure of her classified CIA status.The couple's lawyer, Christopher Wolf, has hinted at a civil lawsuit right after Patrick Fitzgerald informed Karl Rove that he won't be bringing charges against the latter. "The day still may come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons," Mr. Wolf said.
As several news sources have pointed out previously, the three-year statute of limitation was about to run out which increased the possibility of such a lawsuit being filed soon.
E&P provides excerpts from the lawsuit:
"The Defendants reached an agreement to discredit, punish, and seek revenge against the Plaintiffs . . . . Said agreement was motivated by an invidiously discriminatory animus towards those who had publicly criticized the administration's stated justifications for going to war with Iraq."Cheney and Rove may have their day of judgment after all. As The Carpetbagger Report astutely pointed out:
The possibility of a civil suit in this scandal has been in the background almost from the beginning. The Wilsons put the issue aside while the criminal investigation was ongoing, but now that Patrick Fitzgerald has wrapped up his probe, it is, as Atrios put it, "game on."Image: Reuters/Joshua Roberts.
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