Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Breaking News on the Plame Investigation

I just read this off of Raw Story (H/T Anonymous Liberal). Apparently one of Dick Cheney's aides has flipped and is now cooperating with the special prosecutor investigation who in the White House leaked the CIA information.

A senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, sources close to the investigation say...

John Hannah, a senior national security aide on loan to Vice President Dick Cheney from the offices of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, John Bolton, was named as a target of Fitzgerald’s probe. They say he was told in recent weeks that he could face imminent indictment for his role in leaking Plame-Wilson’s name to reporters unless he cooperated with the investigation.

Others close to the probe say that if Hannah is cooperating with the special prosecutor then he was likely going to be charged as a co-conspirator and may have cut a deal.

This confirms the suspicion that Fitzgerald has been zeroing in on Dick Cheney's office over the last couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how far this goes up the ladder. A mid-level employee like Hannah doesn't leak information like this without getting marching orders from higher up. We know that at least Libby was involved. Now we have to see if includes Cheney also.

Hmm... I wonder if Club Gitmo has any extra room?

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