Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Libby exonerated

Huh? What in the hell am I talking about? Libby was convicted on 4-of-5 counts, right? Yes, he was.

But neither he nor anyone else was convicted of what the initial investigation was alleged to have been about, which was a violation of the Espionage Act or of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Nor will anyone be convicted of violating either law:
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict closed the nearly four-year investigation into how the name of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, and her classified job at the CIA were leaked to reporters in 2003 - just days after Wilson publicly accused the administration of doctoring prewar intelligence. No one will be charged with the leak itself, which the trial confirmed came first from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Personally, I think Libby is a fall guy, a sacrificial lamb to the left's bloodlust for a decapitated administration head. They wanted Rove. Couldn't get him. They wanted Cheney. Couldn't get him. Oh, well, Libby will have to do.

Having said that, a jury found that he didn't merely have a sh#tty memory, but that he willingly lied under oath. Obviously, a perjurer should do the time.

It's a shame, though, that the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) didn't have that same attitude about perjury just a few years ago when BJ Clinton was getting his putter polished by an intern (and lying under oath about it to prevent a plaintiff, Paula Jones, for having her day in court). I'm sure party alignment has nothing to do with their current change of heart and newfound adherence to the law, though.