I dunno…What trial were you at?
The New York Times on the commutation of convicted felon Scooter Libby’s prison time:
Mr. Libby was convicted of lying to federal agents investigating the leak of the name of a covert C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. Mrs. Wilsonâ€™s husband, Joseph Wilson, was asked to investigate a central claim in Mr. Bushâ€™s drive to war with Iraq â€” whether Iraq tried to purchase uranium from Africa. Mr. Wilson concluded that Iraq had not done that and had the temerity to share those conclusions with the American public.
It seems clear from the record that Vice President Dick Cheney organized a campaign to discredit Mr. Wilson. And Mr. Libby, who was Mr. Cheneyâ€™s chief of staff, was willing to lie to protect his boss.
Here’s how hob-knobbing cocktail weenie Fred Hiatt sees it:
Yet there were mitigating factors in this case. After two years of investigation, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald charged no one with a crime for leaking Ms. Plame’s name; he never demonstrated that a crime occurred. Early on, the prosecutor had learned that the primary source of the disclosure to columnist Robert D. Novak was then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, who was not charged. Mr. Libby’s trial provided convincing evidence that the revelation of Ms. Plame’s identity was not the result of a conspiracy to punish her husband, administration critic Joseph C. Wilson IV — the allegation that caused all the partisan furor surrounding the case and that led to Mr. Fitzgerald’s appointment.
It’s pretty obvious based upon the Libby case, and this one, that Fred Hiatt’s interest in the details of anything that has to do with this administration is no deeper than your average chafing dish full of Lil Smokies.