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Cheney remarks in leak probe released

POSTED: 04:58 PM ET, 10/30/2009 by Liz Heron

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he could not remember playing any role in leaking the identity of Valerie Plame as a clandestine CIA officer, according to FBI records released under court order (PDF) today.

After years of legal maneuvering to keep the documents secret, they were made public late today under a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. That organization provided the FBI notes to The Washington Post. Portions of the three documents, totaling 67 pages, were redacted on grounds of national security, privacy or privileged presidential communications.

Outline and Notes from the Cheney Interview (PDF)

Second document from Cheney interview (PDF)

Third document from Cheney interview (PDF)

In his May 8, 2004 interview with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, Cheney said he could not recall when he learned that Plame, the wife of Iraq war critic Joe Wilson, worked for the CIA; could not recall telling his chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, about Plame's employment; and could not recall telling Libby to disclose the news to reporters.

Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying under oath about his conversations with reporters. Cheney's role remained a central mystery. In sworn grand jury statements, Libby said "it was possible" that Cheney asked him to leak Plame's identity to reporters, "but I don't recall it happening."

FBI notes of Cheney's May 8, 2004 interview, which have not been made public before, do little to clear up the unanswered questions that, according to Fitzgerald, left "a cloud over the vice president" in one of the most embarrassing episodes of the presidency of George W. Bush.

--Barton Gellman

By Liz Heron |  October 30, 2009; 4:58 PM ET Hot Documents
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Libby said "it was possible" that Cheney asked him to leak Plame's identity to reporters, "but I don't recall it happening."

You can say this about Cheney, he didn't dither when it came
to treason.

........

Posted by: printthis | October 30, 2009 5:22 PM

Didn't recall. Of course not. He didn't recall shooting his pal in the face probably either. How about telling congress that Mr. Hussain had nuclear weapons--he probably didn't recall saying that. Could not possibly have said something so ridiculously wrong or send our boys to Iraq to kill a lot of people over nothing. Nah...

Posted by: longjohns | October 30, 2009 5:28 PM

A bad memory is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.

Posted by: tyler2 | October 30, 2009 5:33 PM

What an Ass hole

Posted by: dchookie | October 30, 2009 5:34 PM

liar, liar, pants on fire.

Cheney followed the oldest rule in the how-to book of lying: 'I don't remember'.

Maybe Fitzgerald should have tried waterboarding

Posted by: riskpref | October 30, 2009 5:38 PM

Thanks to printthis for this memorable line:

"You can say this about Cheney, he didn't dither when it came
to treason."

Bravo!!!Says it all...

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 30, 2009 5:46 PM

War criminal!!!! Cheney should be rotting in jail.

Posted by: pjs1965 | October 30, 2009 5:48 PM

Why won't you die? Quietly of course...

Posted by: adrianarnold | October 30, 2009 5:53 PM

I thought it was Richard Armitage that leaked Plames name?

Posted by: robtr | October 30, 2009 5:58 PM

...and I wish that I couldn't recall the most deceptive, clandestine and arrogant vice president that this country has ever seen..

Posted by: fuready | October 30, 2009 5:59 PM

This is known as the Weasel Defense:
"..I would love to help you, but I don't remember anything..."

This works in a system where personal loyalty is more important than the truth and the common good. Nobody is willing to be a whistle blower because the Cabal protects the silent and punishes the honest man.

Posted by: viking54 | October 30, 2009 5:59 PM

Cheney's a traitor who likely got a few covert CIA agents around the world killed by blowing Plames identity. If I were to come across Cheney lying on the ground having another one of his heart attacks...I'd have to tell him I "don't recall" how to dial 911.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 30, 2009 6:00 PM

All you can say is that the CIA and Cheney deserve each other. They are both experts at disinformation. They are both paranoid. They both like secret bunkers. and they both are products of the Cold War.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 30, 2009 6:07 PM

"I thought it was Richard Armitage that leaked Plames name?
Posted by: robtr | October 30, 2009 5:58 PM"

it was...
but that doesn't suit the dems plans...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 30, 2009 6:13 PM

Water boarding Cheney might bring back his memory, but since it is proven to be unreliable, he would agree and say anything. In other words, no resolution.
But having Cheney waterboarded would up my spirits.

Posted by: sd-mouth1 | October 30, 2009 6:14 PM

Valerie Plame wanted to leak classified information about Saddam Hussein's attempts to buy yellowcake from Africa.

Of course, if she did so, she would be committing treason.

So, she arranged to have her husband go to Africa and "find" the information for himself.

What Plame did WAS TREASON. What Cheney and Libby did was nothing more than dirty politics.

Posted by: grolfff | October 30, 2009 6:15 PM

All frightened half-sex males need to prove toughness by striking at others just to relieve their frustrations of diminished manhood that they were destined to have. Stop criticizing these men...they are only trying to relieve this lack of masculinty by acting tough,,,,,,,Full men have sensitivity and ompassion for thir fellow-men...

Posted by: egdailey | October 30, 2009 6:16 PM

We know the leaker was Richard Armatige. Why get all worked up over this. Bush and Cheney are gone. Plame and Brewster Jennings were outed by Aldrich Ames, while she was a NOC. She was recalled 9 years before the Armatige leak. This is old news.

Posted by: thelaw1 | October 30, 2009 6:20 PM

In a better country,Cheney and Bush would have been hanged.

Posted by: hyroller56 | October 30, 2009 6:21 PM

Get a life. It's done. It's over. Stop looking in the rear mirror. Richard Armitage admitted that he inadvertently outed Plame. But The WP continues to stir the bloody pot.

Posted by: JAH3 | October 30, 2009 6:27 PM

Cheney has the most creepiest voice!

Hey they should had those held at Gitmo listen to a four hour speech by Cheney...

NOW THAT'S TORTURE!!!!

Posted by: danders5000 | October 30, 2009 6:33 PM

Get a life. It's done. It's over. Stop looking in the rear mirror. Richard Armitage admitted that he inadvertently outed Plame. But The WP continues to stir the bloody pot.

Posted by: JAH3 | October 30, 2009 6:33 PM

Complaining about Cheney is as fruitful as hurling peas at the wall. We have to admit that he simply got away with evil deeds. He's untouchable. The new administration has too much on its hands to go after him.

And Cheney couldn't care less what anyone thinks or says of him--even if his critics are in power. So what difference does it make what we (the public) think of him.

The sooner we don't think about him, discuss him, or care in any way about him, the sooner he'll fade away.

Posted by: TroutHound | October 30, 2009 6:37 PM

Cheney is a pathological liar who has caused death and destruction on a monumental scale. He thinks torture is legal. He's delusional and dangerous. Of course he "doesn't recall"-- it was his idea to "get" Plame and Wilson for challenging his lies on Iraq. He committed treason. I hope his prosecution gets underway before Christmas-- I can't think of a more wonderful birthday present for the Prince of Peace.

Posted by: cynthia_papermaster | October 30, 2009 6:38 PM

wapo get off the bush cheney bs. what is happening now with ur choice of a....... is important. report and cease ur nonsense about what had happened. if u want history go back to jfk and lbj to delve into their agendas

Posted by: pofinpa | October 30, 2009 6:41 PM

You can always tell when a Republican is lying to you. His lips are moving.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 30, 2009 6:42 PM

Dick Cheney is without question the most loathsome man in the history of the Presidency.

Posted by: whirlwind81 | October 30, 2009 6:44 PM

If all this is nothing, has been reported ages ago, Richard Armatige was the leaker, Obama should be impeached for making it public (he's accused of everything else, why not) all the other excuses ...

then why did Cheney fight tooth and nail for years to prevent it being released?

Huh?

Posted by: burlough | October 30, 2009 6:46 PM

"You can say this about Cheney, he didn't dither when it came
to treason.

........"

Posted by: printthis | October 30, 2009 5:22 PM

Easily the best comment of the day!!

Posted by: siren1 | October 30, 2009 6:47 PM

The poor little Leftwingtards on this thread of comments seem to have amnesia when it comes to what has happened when Democrats have been interviewed by the FBI (or other federal investigative bodies).

First it's "I don't recall", then it's "I don't remember", then.....etc.

Rush Limbaugh actually has a comedy routine made up of Hillary Clinton telling us how she couldn't remember a thing about her White Water misrepresentations and thefts.

You want to put down a severely handicapped retired guy? Let's go after the CURRENT Secretary of State and stick her fat little bottom into prison first.

Still, none of this matters. Richard Armitage and Colin Powell, the two guys who "outed Plame" were dismissed from their jobs by "W", just as he promised.

I suggest any disgruntled Leftwingtards take it up with the General first ~ just stop by his house, ring his doorbell, harrass his wife to "send him out".

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: muawiyah | October 30, 2009 6:47 PM

Gee, I would have expected "I have no present recollection", which was the formula used so successfully by the Clintons.
Saying "I don't remember" is so, so, well "flyover country".

Posted by: johngardner1 | October 30, 2009 6:55 PM

Colin Powell, the two guys who "outed Plame" were dismissed from their jobs by "W", just as he promised.
------
Colin Powell outed Palme?

Shrub fired Colin Powell? "Just as he promised?"

Surely you have details and proof.

And I'll bet all this sure comes as a surprise to Colin Powell!

Posted by: burlough | October 30, 2009 7:18 PM

(1) Must abide by the Presidents directive
(2) Not aware of trip but was briefed by the CIA in February 2002.
(3) VP could NOT recall discussion of Wilson trip.
(4) May have been discussed (3) but could NOT specifically remember.
(5) Could NOT recall a visit to CIA with Libby in 2003.
(6) NO recollection of a meeting on 6/10/03 with George Tenet.
(7) Exact date NOT recalled of a discussion with Tenet after media release.
(8) Cannot recall a conversation with Libby about (7)
(9) Cheney first became aware of Joe Wilsons editorial in NYT 7/6/03.
(10) cheney RELATIVELY certain he spoke to someone about the article.
(11) Cannot RECALL who it was.
(12) No specific recollection of when he made notes on NYT article.
(13) Cannot recall discussing the article but probably did. (hence cutting the article out)
(14) Cheney did not recognize Niger Deal documents sent to his office.
(15) The documents in (14) cofirmed Cheney had asked questions at a breifing in Feb. 2002.
(16 Does NOT recall reading Iraqi attempt to get URANIUM from Niger.
(17) Did NOT recognize hand printing, "Did CIA have it in their document?"
(18) Could NOT recall reading a 'Red Flag' document on Uranium sales before NYT editorial.
(19) NO idea why he received a document on which he wrote the name'Joe Wilson.'
(20) Was possible he discussed the Wilsons with Edelman, but NO specific recollections.
(21) Does NOT recall having a discussion with Bush regarding the Wilsons.
(22) He might have discussed the Wilsons with NSC staffer John Hannah.
(23) Cheney advised it is possible he and Libby discussed Wilson's credentials but he has no
specific recollection of such a discussion?? except maybe it was a 'junket' or a 'boondoggle.'

Cheney wrote, "sacrifice the guy that was asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder because of the incompetance of others."

That's a wrap; one big enormous sacrifice of good people, children, toddlers and babies on lies, cover-ups, double dealing treason and murder.


Posted by: coiaorguk | October 30, 2009 7:22 PM

Valerie Plame wanted to leak classified information about Saddam Hussein's attempts to buy yellowcake from Africa.

Of course, if she did so, she would be committing treason.

So, she arranged to have her husband go to Africa and "find" the information for himself.

What Plame did WAS TREASON. What Cheney and Libby did was nothing more than dirty politics.

Posted by: grolfff | October 30, 2009 6:15 PM
_____________________________
What a crock! The "evidence" that Saddam was trying to buy yellowcake was FORGED! Plame's husband exposed the LIE! That's treason only in the bizarro world of Cheney and the idiots who believe anything that pathological liar says.

Posted by: luridone | October 30, 2009 8:10 PM

This is the tip of the iceberg. So much was going on. You know all that lipping Cheney has been doing about Obama lately - it was this stuff blowing up in his face that was scaring him into doing it - trying to come up with a distraction. I want to see them go after him for those no-bid contracts that went to Halliburton. I think they probably have a good rap on him where it comes to these contracts - I think they are going to take him down, but he will get a break because of his heart condition - watch. Good bye you old racist!:)

Posted by: liska33 | November 4, 2009 2:30 AM

After an exhaustive investigation by a special prosecutor, no evidence of Cheney breaking the law was found. Let it go.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | November 6, 2009 6:02 AM

Executive Branch abuses of power is not a partisan issue, if we are a nation of laws. While underlings are not at issue for following orders, those who crafted any that are in fact against the laws of the United States, cannot be just given a wink & nod -- saw a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

Posted by: RField7 | November 6, 2009 6:48 PM

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