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Have they done this sort of thing? Send an Amb to answer a question?, Part One

This is going to be a two part post. In this post, I’m going to show a key discrepancy between Libby’s testimony about the questions he asked Addington on July 8, and Addington’s. Addington’s testimony suggests that (contrary to Libby’s claims), Libby was looking for general details about the paperwork behind Wilson’s trip, which would have exposed Valerie’s role at the CIA, potentially her status, as well as prior trips Joe Wilson had made for the CIA. In a following post, I’ll show that this question was probably asked in response to a conversation with Cheney based on Cheney’s scribblings on Wilson’s op-ed.

The Discrepancies between Libby’s and Addington’s Testimony

There are three pieces of testimony regarding the conversation that Scooter Libby and David Addington had on July 8, 2003, about insta-declassification and paperwork on a CIA spouse’s travel to the CIA:

  • Libby’s notes recording both what he wanted to ask Addington and what Addington responded
  • Libby’s grand jury testimony
  • Addington’s trial testimony

However, there are significant discrepancies between Addington’s testimony and Libby’s–and Libby’s own notes only confuse the issue.

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Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.