Friday, July 20, 2007

Judge Dismisses Plame's Lawsuit

Federal Judge John D. Bates dismissed a lawsuit filed by former CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame against Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the administration because they were just doing their jobs.

The Washington Post reports:

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said that Cheney and the others could not be held liable for the disclosures in the summer of 2003 in the midst of a White House effort to rebut criticism of the Iraq war by her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. The judge said that such efforts are a natural part of the officials' job duties, and, thus, they are immune from liability.

"The alleged means by which defendants chose to rebut Mr. Wilson's comments and attack his credibility may have been highly unsavory," Bates wrote. "But there can be no serious dispute that the act of rebutting public criticism, such as that levied by Mr. Wilson against the Bush administration's handling of prewar foreign intelligence, by speaking with members of the press is within the scope of defendants' duties as high-level Executive Branch officials."
An interesting point is the judge owes his position to President Bush.

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