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However, the emails say otherwise, and will show that the vice

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022406Y.shtml

   White House 'Discovers' 250 Emails Related to Plame Leak
   By Jason Leopold
   t r u t h o u t | Report

   Friday 24 February 2006

   The White House turned over last week 250 pages of emails from
Vice President Dick Cheney's office. Senior aides had sent the emails
in the spring of 2003 related to the leak of covert CIA operative
Valerie Plame Wilson, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed
during a federal court hearing Friday.

   The emails are said to be explosive, and may prove that Cheney
played an active role in the effort to discredit Plame Wilson's
husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush
administration's prewar Iraq intelligence, sources close to the
investigation said.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022406Y.shtml

   White House 'Discovers' 250 Emails Related to Plame Leak
   By Jason Leopold
   t r u t h o u t | Report

   Friday 24 February 2006

   The White House turned over last week 250 pages of emails from
Vice President Dick Cheney's office. Senior aides had sent the emails
in the spring of 2003 related to the leak of covert CIA operative
Valerie Plame Wilson, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed
during a federal court hearing Friday.

   The emails are said to be explosive, and may prove that Cheney
played an active role in the effort to discredit Plame Wilson's
husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush
administration's prewar Iraq intelligence, sources close to the
investigation said.

   Sources close to the probe said the White House "discovered" the
emails two weeks ago and turned them over to Fitzgerald last week.
The sources added that the emails could prove that Cheney lied to FBI
investigators when he was interviewed about the leak in early 2004.
Cheney said that he was unaware of any effort to discredit Wilson or
unmask his wife's undercover status to reporters.

   Cheney was not under oath when he was interviewed. He told
investigators how the White House came to rely on Niger documents
that purportedly showed that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from
the African country.

   Cheney said he had received an intelligence briefing on the
allegations in late December 2003, or early January 2004, and had
asked the CIA for more information about the issue.

   Cheney said he was unaware that Ambassador Wilson was chosen to
travel to Niger to look into the uranium claims, and that he never
saw a report Wilson had given a CIA analyst upon his return which
stated that the Niger claims were untrue. He said the CIA never told
him about Wilson's trip.

   However, the emails say otherwise, and will show that the vice
president spearheaded an effort in March 2003 to attack Wilson's
credibility and used the CIA to dig up information on the former
ambassador that could be used against him, sources said.

   Some of the emails that were turned over to Fitzgerald contained
references to Plame Wilson's identity and CIA status, and
developments related to the inability of ground forces to find
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after the start of the war in
March 2003.

   According to sources, the emails also contained suggestions by
senior officials in Cheney's office, and at the National Security
Council, on how the White House should respond to what it believed
were increasingly destructive comments Wilson had been making about
the administration's pre-war Iraq intelligence.

   Last month, Fitzgerald disclosed in court documents that he
discovered from witnesses in the case that some emails related to
Wilson and his wife, written by senior aides in Cheney's office and
sent to other officials at the National Security Council, had not
been turned over to investigators by the White House.

   "In an abundance of caution," Fitzgerald's January 23 letter to
Libby's defense team states, "we advise you that we have learned that
not all email of the Office of the Vice President and the Executive
Office of the President for certain time periods in 2003 was
preserved through the normal archiving process on the White House
computer system."

   Sources close to the case said that Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales withheld numerous emails from Fitzgerald's probe citing
"executive privilege" and "national security" concerns. These sources
said that as of Friday there are still some emails that have not been
turned over to Fitzgerald because they contain classified information
in addition to references about the Wilsons.

   Attorneys representing Cheney's former Chief of Staff, I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and
lying to investigators related to his role in the leak, were in court
Friday arguing that Fitzgerald should be required to turn over
classified material, including highly sensitive Presidential Daily
Briefs, to Libby's defense team.

   The defense hopes that the classified materials will establish
that Libby was dealing with more pressing matters facing the White
House and that he simply did not intend to mislead the grand jury
when he testified that he did not disclose Plame Wilson's name to
reporters.

   In another development in the leak case Friday, U.S. District
Judge Reggie B. Walton said another administration official, who does
not work at the White House, also spoke to reporters about Plame
Wilson. This individual, according to sources close to the case,
works at the National Security Council.

   Walton said that Libby's defense team was not entitled to be told
of the individual's identity because the person is not charged with a
crime in the leak. However, the person is said to be one of several
people in the administration who is cooperating with the probe.
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