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    Cheney, as Vice President does have the ability to declassify information he deems should be known by the general public (as does the President). There is, however, a process that must be followed in order to get something declassified (I believe that the Director of the pertinent intelligence agency has to be involved in any decision to declassify intelligence) and, to my knowledge, this was not followed. If it had been, why would the CIA have asked justice to investigate the leak? Cheney is NOT out of the woods here at all. It all depends on the judge overseeing the Grand Jury. Libby's defense was a BOLD manuever by a savvy attorney and his defense team in thinking that he could convince the Grand Jury that his defense hinged on documents that he knew full-well the White House would not release. It was a ploy to get the case thrown out but I doubt that it's going to work. This is, I believe, one of the potential reasons that he was not charged with violation of the Espionage Act (Fitzgerald had a hint that this would be his defense - probably after meeting with Libby's attorney shortly before the GJ handed down the indictment). The simple reality is that Libby perjured himself, gave false statements to Federal investigators, and obstructed justice in the process. Nothing contained in any document that the White House may or may not possess can take back the lies he told and I think that the judge will rule that his argument here is specious at best. What this does do is, potentially, give Fitzgerald a lot more ammunition. It gives him what I, and many others, think he's been after all along...the ability to establish a conspiracy. This could get real interesting in the next couple of months.

    "There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action." Johann Von Goethe

    by green917 on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 01:59:45 PM PST

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