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Monday, April 23, 2007
Adamo Rehashes Libby Canard

In an April 19 column, Christopher Adamo likens special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to Michael Nifong, the prosecutor in the collapsed Duke lacrosse rape case, accusing Fitzgerald of a"charade of upholding American law" in his prosecution of Scooter Libby for obstructing justice in the investigation of the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name:

Like Nifong, Fitzgerald had full knowledge and access to the most significant piece of information pertaining to his investigation, specifically the individual who confessed to the non-crime of passing Valerie Plame's identity to columnist Robert Novak. At the beginning of the investigation, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted to Fitzgerald that it was he who had leaked the information in question.

In fact, Armitage's role in leaking to Novak is irrelevant to the case against Libby. While Libby did not leak Plame's identity to Novak, he was reportedly the original source of the information for at least two other reporters during the summer of 2003; Novak was merely the first to go public with it. Armitage's role does not change the fact that a jury found Libby guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to federal investigators.

Nevertheless, Adamo goes on to call Fitzgerald an "unscrupulous power monger" who poses "the greater danger to honest citizens in a free society and therefore should be kept under lock and key for the protection of all good people."

Libby was found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to federal investigators. How, exactly, does that make him an "honest citizen"?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:26 AM EDT

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