Scooter Libby being treated unequally by federal judge who refuses to allow release of name of a govt. official who did leak Valerie Plame's name....
This activist judge has aided and abbetted a political indictment and prosecution of Libby by Patrick Fitzgerald, while allowing Fitzgerald to decline prosecution of another government official known to have leaked Valerie Plame's name. Therefore, that un-named official is allowed to skate---with the added bonus of being protected from having his or her identity revealed. Five will get you ten that leaker is a Democrat operative---one who likely is a thorn in Porter Goss' side as well.
Libby has protections under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause. And also under the 1st Amendment's freedom of speech provision, for it is a fact that Valerie Plame was NOT a covert CIA operative, had been back in the continental U.S. for over 5 years, and performed a non-covert desk job in the CIA at the time of the so-called "leak." This has been confirmed by the CIA and conveniently buried by the mainstream media.
It is also well known that Valerie Plame is a Democrat operative and that she recommended her husband Joe Wilson for the CIA assignment to go to Nigeria and investigate the "yellow cake" allegations---something she then lied about and covered up. By the way...., is there any penalty for a CIA agent lying to damage someone else in order to protect herself and cover-up her political motivations and activities---using her position at the CIA to do so and doing it all on CIA time? Surely, that's not what she gets paid for doing at the CIA.
The so-called "leak," even if it occurred, was not a violation of federal law. Seems to me the politically-motivated, unappointed by the President and not confirmed by the Senate Prosecutor Fitzgerald is gung-ho to violate Scooter Libby's rights and has enlisted a like-minded judge to help him nail Libby to the wall---as they use a long-drawn out prosecution of him to embarass the Bush Administration and "bag" a top Republican administration official.
Fitzgerald's indictment of Libby should be thrown out immediately. And Fitzgerald and his cooperating federal judge should both be investigated for turning the judicial process into a political tool, deliberately damaging the professional reputation of a top official in the White House, and financially damaging Libby---who is forced to pay attorneys to defend him.
This sorry-a$$ed manipulation of the court system to serve hard-left Democrat ideology and agendas reminds me of Democrat operative and prosecutor Ronnie Earle's political prosecution of Tom DeLay in Texas---which is also being dragged out to permanently damage and "bag" an effective and powerful Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman DeLay is up for re-election and his persecutors are trying to inflict maximum and permanent damage to him, up to and through election 2006. If he wins in 2006, you can be sure Earle will try to drag his prosecution of DeLay on through election 2008.
As for Libby, I hope he and his attorneys will appeal the federal judge's unfair ruling---all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. Political indictments and prosecutions---and, in both the Libby and DeLay cases, persecutions---must be stopped, on both the federal and state levels!
More below and at breitbart.com.
"Identity of Official to Be Kept From Libby"
"Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, charged with perjury in the CIA leak case, cannot be told the identity of another government official who is said to have told reporters about a CIA operative's identity, a federal judge ruled Friday.
At the same time, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Libby could have copies of notes he took during an 11-month period in 2003 and 2004 while serving as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
The judge also set the stage for a showdown in late April over the defense's plans to subpoena reporters and news organizations for notes and other documents in the leak of Valerie Plame's identity.
During a hearing Friday afternoon, Walton said Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald can keep secret the other government official's identity because that person has not been charged and has a right to privacy...."
Libby's trial is set for January 2007...."