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Jul 10, 2011

U.S. Releases Document Revenge Cheney - CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court judge on Thursday ordered the release of U.S. documents that may clarify the role of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in the exposure of the identity of former CIA agent, Valerie Plame.
But U.S. district judge, Emmet G. Sullivan also determined that there were parts of the document, which quoted from an FBI interview in 2004 with Cheney, should remain confidential.
As thick as a 67 page document has to do with the leak the identity of Plame, an incident which led to an investigation process that dragged the former Cheney chief of staff, Lewis Libby Jr., on charges of lying to the grand jury court.
Watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington / CREW), fighting for the document through the application of freedom of information law (FOIA), a case which was opposed by the Justice Department during the reign of both Obama and Bush. The case has put the Obama administration in a contradictory situation, having to defend Cheney, who is a critic (the government) the most tenacious.
On Thursday local time, the Justice Department said it was studying the decision issued by Judge Sullivan.
Although still unknown whether the Justice Department will file an appeal, the department shall immediately make a decision. Judge Sullivan ordered that the document should be released on next Friday.
In ordering the release, the Judge Sullivan rejected the argument that the Justice Department said that the document remain confidential thirsty because of the disclosure documents are only going to make White House officials during the next administration is not willing to cooperate with criminal investigations.
Judge Sullivan said that the Justice Department adopted the argument would require him to create a new law, a job that calls can only be left to Congress.
"However, this court is bound by the law is still valid, that does not give sanction to the understanding of the statute that way," wrote the judge in the rules.
But Judge Sullivan did manage that portion of the disclosure document must remain secret because the executive exemption rights, national security and privacy in the FOIA law. Among these exceptions, there is a setting documents relating to the internal deliberations among senior White House official.
The judge did not give details about how much that will be used, although he said that there are only two sentences relating to "confidential communications" between Cheney and former President who will not be published.
CREW Sullivan praised the judge for having rejected several arguments raised by the Justice Department, but CREW also expressed disappointment because there are parts of the document which will remain confidential.
"The high government officials should not be allowed to hide their behavior from public view," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. He called on the Justice Department to really take advantage of President Obama's promise of greater transparency by releasing the documents that may be suppressed voluntarily.
The note is part of an investigation process known as "Plamegate" (Plame scandal).
Libby is the only one who faced lawsuits as a result of these complicated circumstances, even though he was not actually charged with leaking section. Former President Bush commute Libby's prison two and a half years before Libby undergoing imprisonment.
The scandal has its roots in a state address in 2003, where Bush said that Iraq's former ruler, Saddam Hussein, had tried to buy uranium in Africa. Plame's husband, former U.S. ambassador, Joseph C. Wilson IV, denied the claim. Rebuttal that - according to Plame and her husband - resulting in leaking the identity of Plame as an undercover agent to the late columnist, Robert Novak, as an act of revenge.

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