BREAKING: Pardon for Scooter Libby—Who DID NOT Leak Valerie Plame's Identity

Gaslighting’s a heckuva drug. For years MSM said he outed a CIA agent. He’ll get his record back, but never his name.

Here’s one from the memory hole. Former Dick Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, a man famous for the crime he didn’t commit, is getting a presidential pardon. NBC and ABC are both confirming Trump’s intention to pardon Libby, who was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI and obstructing justice. Do NOT, however, expect either news source to mention that he was cleared of the only charge the MSM cares about, the one that ruined his life: outing Valerie Plame as an employee of the CIA. Because, narrative.

Like Bill Clinton, Scooter Libby was never charged on the allegations for which he was originally being investigated. Libby’s crime was the cover-up of a non-crime. President George W. Bush commuted his 30-month sentence, guarding Libby from prison time, but stopped short of a full pardon, presumably because of the optics, and, again, Libby was indeed found guilty of dishonestly dealing with FBI investigators.

But nobody cares about that. He will forever be known as the man who exposed Valerie Plame in an act of political retribution for Cheney’s neocon cabal after Plame’s husband Joe Wilson undermined the case for the Iraq War in a NYT op-ed.

Except he didn’t. Who did, then? That would be Richard Armitage, the very much non-neocon Deputy Secretary of State under Colin Powell, who was famously at odds with Cheney over the argument for war—a “dove”. Armitage himself has publicly admitted as much. And yet…I reckon 75% of regular news-consumers have never heard the truth about this.

Watch the coverage for this one. Be attentive to the wording of reports. You’ll see lots of mentioning of Plame, Bush, Cheney, and yellow-cake uranium. I predict you’ll search in vain for the name “Armitage”, or even for a clear disclaimer noting the accusations against Libby as the alleged “leaker” are false.

Lesson: If you’re going to vindictively out someone’s name and ruin their life, get the name right. Ahem.

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Ragan Ewing
Ragan Ewing

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This, my friend, is my favorite comment by far. We can all debate points of view, but media-propagated lies hurt everybody, whether on the Left or Right. Thanks for reading, and sincerest respect for your honesty.

johntfs
johntfs

As a liberal, pinko commie Satanist Democrat, I did not know that Libby was innocent of outing Plame. Assuming that statute of limitations hasn't expired, Armitage should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for doing so.

Vandalii
Vandalii

It must be preceded by "ring of..." to be recognized by a leftist ;-)

Ragan Ewing
Ragan Ewing

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Jules
Jules said: And Libby's "lie" consisted of not having an absolute, clear, precise memory of something he said in passing many months before, about something he never found to be particularly significant. The Left first built up the Plame thing as momentous, then built their accusations on the claim that it was also momentous to Libby and therefore he HAD to have a clear memory of everything he thought and said about her, therefore he was lying when he said he didn't. Plame and Wilson were both nonentities, both eager to be in the limelight. She was a mediocre CIA employee who had made a major mistake, endangering a CIA operation-----though well-known in the Beltway for being an analyst for the CIA when she made a contribution to the DNC she used her married name and listed as her employer a non-existent company created as a front for the CIA op. She was on her way out of the CIA and trying to do a lateral move into State, and in chitchat with some State people, one of whom said that Cheney had wondered if a rumor that Iraq was trying to buy yellowcake from Niger was true, said in effect "Well, why don't you send Joe over to find out? He knows a lot of people there." They did, he came back and in a casual undocumented debrief with a couple of CIA agents in his living room while Val served tea and cookies he said that the people in Niger said they had been approached by some people they suspected of being agents for Iraq but that nothing had gone beyond that point. It wasn't till Val and Joe decided they had a shot at becoming famous, being considered important, and harming Bush that the whole big elaborate lie was developed. And it WAS developed, crafted in every detail, to bring down Cheney if possible. The entire shameful debacle was scripted by the Left, out of spite and malice, with not a single word of truth in it, and Libby was the one who was finally destroyed by it, by a prosecutor who (1) knew that discussing Plame's employment with the CIA was not a crime and (2) knew all along who had really done it.

And of course, the British government continued to stand by the validity of the report for years after the "controversy", for what that's worth.

NWRED
NWRED

It is time for Scooter to be pardoned. I would like to know the number of cases of the FBI made a conviction of perjury when there was nothing to the original charge. Very few people have perfect recall.,something is added or left out. Was the information recorded or just notes by the agent? Their is a difference between should know and do know. Were the questions asked to get the complete information? The same standard that the FBI holds the people to, should apply as agents to congress..