In One Eye

Monday, July 18, 2005
Both the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times have stories this morning that finger Cheney's aide, "Scooter" Libby, as another aide who went after Wilson upon the former ambassador's op-ed piece in the New York Times.

The latter reports:
Top aides to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were intensely focused on discrediting former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV in the days after he wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times suggesting the administration manipulated intelligence to justify going to war in Iraq, federal investigators have been told.

Prosecutors investigating whether administration officials illegally leaked the identity of Wilson's wife, a CIA officer who had worked undercover, have been told that Bush's top political strategist, Karl Rove, and Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, were especially intent on undercutting Wilson's credibility, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
I suppose if the Bushies can leak stories like a sieve, then Fitzgerald's underlings can also—although the mad and very taciturn prosecutor can't be pleased with this apparent leak. also comments on the status of the story this morning.