Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Supreme Court Puts An End To Meritless Lawsuit Over Non-Scandal

To the dismay of no one but perhaps Vanity Fair readers and MSNBC staff and their rapidly disappearing viewership, the High Court has denied an appeal in the over-hyped CIA leak case:
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused former Vice President Dick Cheney and Bush administration officials Karl Rove and I. Lewis Libby of exposing Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
The justices, without comment, turned away an appeal by Plame, who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Virginia, and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Plame and Wilson sued the three officials, along with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, in 2006. The suit accused the men of leaking Plame’s identity to reporters in retaliation for a New York Times opinion piece by Wilson questioning then-President George W. Bush’s basis for invading Iraq.
Keep in mind that despite all the beltway hoopla, no one has ever been charged criminally under the federal statute for "outing" Plame's identity.