PlameGate - Neo-Cons
Ratcheting Up

By Wayne Madsen
According to informed sources in Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney's Chef of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is expected to resign after he is, as expected, indicted for his role in outing a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
After phony terrorist threats against New York's subway system last week and the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels yesterday, the Bush White House is hopelessly diverting the public's attention away from the inevitability of a major October political scandal involving high level resignations following indictments of key administration officials. After the White House managed to orchestrate the beginning of Saddam Hussein's trial in Iraq to divert attention from Leakgate, the trial was quickly postponed to the end of November -- a story waiting on the shelf to be pulled off again when pre-trial hearings may begin in Leakgate.
From the "so is that news department?" Lynne Cheney tells Time magazine that her husband has no plans to run for president in 2008. It should be noted that Spiro T. Agnew was not a viable candidate for president in 1976 after his 1973 resignation following his no contest plea before a federal judge on a charge of tax evasion.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration's neo con lackeys in the media are beginning to spin their counter-attack against the special prosecutor and his chief witnesses. Mort Zuckerman's neo-con tabloid, The New York Daily News, is calling Patrick J. Fitzgerald a former "doorman from Brooklyn" and the "son of a doorman."
GOP mouthpieces like former prosecutor Joseph DiGenova, a partner of Rove attorney Robert Luskin in a Florida case, continues to defame Joseph Wilson by referring to him as a "liar," who falsely claimed Cheney sent him on a trip to Niger. That GOP talking point is, itself, a lie. Wilson never said that Cheney sent him to Niger. Wilson was requested by the CIA to travel to Niger to check out unsubstantiated intelligence that Iraq was seeking to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger. DiGenova falsely claimed on Imus In The Morning today that the Niger intelligence was correct, even though the Niger documents were counterfeit.
DiGenova also claimed that Valerie Plame, a covert agent, had not traveled abroad in seven years. That charge is also patently false. Plame and Brewster Jennings & Associates' most critical overseas work on WMD counter proliferation occurred between 1996 and 2003. U.S. intelligence sources also confirm that during this period, the CIA counter-WMD team discovered the involvement of neo-con elements in the Bush administration, closely tied to the Likud regime in Israel and the Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli Mafia (RUIM), in trafficking nuclear components to Pakistan and Iran in order to heighten tensions between the West and Islamic states with developmental and embryonic nuclear weapons programs.
The GOP and their shills continue the "Big Lie." Iraq never sought yellowcake uranium from Niger. The Niger claim was also rejected by the Deputy Commander of the US European Command and the U.S. ambassador in Niamey. According to Italian sources, an Italian parliamentary report on the Niger documents claims that the Niger documents were forged by the trio of Michael Ledeen (Karl Rove's chief foreign policy adviser) and former CIA Rome station chiefs Alan Wolf (since deceased) and Duane Clarridge. A non-redacted version of that report was reportedly delivered to Fitzgerald as part of his overall investigation of the Bush White House. A copy was also delivered to US Attorney for Eastern Virginia Paul McNulty for his continuing investigation of Israeli and AIPAC espionage at the Pentagon.



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