Thursday, July 13, 2006

Details of Wilsons' Suit against Libby, Rove, and Cheney

John Dean called for this almost 3 years ago. His advice is definitely worth giving a look now.

Salon: More vicious than Tricky Dickstuck pig?
John Dean says the Bush team's leaks are even viler than his former boss's -- and that Plame and Wilson should file a civil suit.
If the Bush White House is anything like the Nixon White House -- and there is increasing evidence of the similarities -- it will respond to such a lawsuit like a stuck pig. Leaking the name of a CIA official can under no circumstances be considered a part of any potential defendants' official duties, so they will not be given representation by the Department of Justice. ...(lots more)
TPM Muckraker: Copy of Joseph and Valerie Wilson's suit

C&L:
Joe Wilson sent out this statement:

"Robert Novak, some other commentators and the Administration continue to try to completely distort the role that Valerie Wilson played with respect to Ambassador Wilson’s trip to Niger. The facts are beyond dispute. The Office of the Vice President requested that the CIA investigate reports of alleged uranium purchases by Iraq from Niger. The CIA setup a meeting to respond to the Vice President’s inquiry. Another CIA official, not Valerie Wilson, suggested to Valerie Wilson’s supervisor that the Ambassador attend that meeting.

That other CIA official made the recommendation because that official was familiar with the Ambassador’s vast experience in Niger and knew of a previous trip to Africa concerning uranium matters that had been undertaken by the Ambassador on behalf of the CIA in 1999. Valerie Wilson’s supervisor subsequently asked her to relay a request from him to the Ambassador that he would like the Ambassador to attend the meeting at the CIA. Valerie Wilson did not participate in the meeting. As the CIA itself has officially confirmed, Valerie Wilson did not send Ambassador Wilson to Niger and she neither suggested him nor recommended him for the trip. Furthermore, the Ambassador agreed to travel to Niger pro bono with only his travel expenses being paid."

WHO: Valerie Plame Wilson
Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV
Christopher Wolf, Esq.

WHAT: News conference to announce filing of civil lawsuit

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2006 10:00 AM

There’s a new site called WilsonSupport.
TPMM: Details of Wilsons' Suit against Libby, Rove, and Cheney
As the suit reads, it "arises out of a conspiracy among current and former high-level officials in the White House and actions taken by and on behalf of those officials in 2003 to violate the constitutional and other legal rights" of Valerie and Joseph Wilson.

Because of the administration's "whispering campaign" against the Wilsons, they say that they've suffered "gross invasions of privacy," that they "fear of their safety and for the safety of their children," that Valerie Wilson's career was ended, and that both of them "have been impaired in pursuing professional opportunities." (...)

The complaint details eight causes of action, all surrounding the trio's involvement in outing Valerie Wilson as a CIA agent:

1) Violation of First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech
2) Violation of Fifth Amendment Right to Equal Protection of the Laws
3) Violation of Fifth Amendment Right to Privacy
4) Violation of Fifth Amendment Right to Property
5) Conspiracy to Deprive Persons of Their Civil Rights
6) Action for Neglect to Prevent Civil Rights Violation
7) Public Disclosure of Private Facts
8) Civil Conspiracy.

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