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Cheney & Rove Win Plame Suit Dismissal Appeal

Cheney & Rove Win Plame Suit Dismissal Appeal

Bloomberg
August 12, 2008

A federal appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, former White House political adviser Karl Rove and former Cheney aide I. Lewis Libby of illegally conspiring to reveal the identity of a CIA agent.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said a trial judge was correct to dismiss the suit by Valerie Plame, who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Virginia, and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson. They sued the three and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in July 2006.

Plame and Wilson accused the four men of violating their constitutional rights by leaking Plame’s identity to the media in retaliation for a New York Times opinion piece by Wilson that questioned the Bush administration’s basis for going to war in Iraq.

The decision “allows outrageous government conduct to go unpunished,’’ said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group that represented Plame and Wilson. She said the group is considering asking the full D.C. Circuit to review the case and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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