After years of investigation and millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money spent trying to find who leaked the identity of super-secret, deep-cover, special agent Valerie “AK47” Plame, Patrick “Clouseau” Fitzgerald indicted Lewis Libby for allegedly lying to him. Well, Fitzgerald has aleady been caught telling two whoppers himself. He claimed Libby was the first person to leak Plame’s identity. In the press conference announcing Libby’s indictment he said:

In fact, Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter when he talked to Judith Miller in June of 2003 about Valerie Wilson.

Bob “Watergate” Woodward blew that claim out of the water when he disclosed that he’d received the same information from an official other than Libby at an earlier date. Maybe Fitzgerald didn’t know he was lying when he made that statement. If so, then he is revealed as incredibly incompetent. He jailed Judith Miller for refusing to talk but didn’t bother to interview Woodward?

Then Fitzgerald screwed up again. From the Washington Post:

Last week, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald wrote that, in conversation with former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Libby described the uranium story as a “key judgment” of the CIA’s 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, a term of art indicating there was consensus within the intelligence community on that issue. In fact, the alleged effort to buy uranium was not among the estimate’s key judgments and was listed further back in the 96-page, classified document.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, Fitzgerald wrote yesterday that he wanted to “correct” the sentence that dealt with the issue in a filing he submitted last Wednesday. That sentence said Libby “was to tell Miller, among other things, that a key judgment of the NIE held that Iraq was ‘vigorously trying to procure’ uranium.”

Instead, the sentence should have conveyed that Libby was to tell Miller some of the key judgments of the NIE “and that the NIE stated that Iraq was ‘vigorously trying to procure’ uranium.”

Put these two whoppers against the flimsy case that Fitzgerald is struggling to make against Libby, and it’s pretty obvious there is a double-standard going on here. Fitzgerald can lie and and attempt to cover-up evidence yet he still gets to prosecute Libby for allegedly lying about a trivial issue.

Fitzgerald has had two strikes and whiffed both times. He doesn’t deserve another. On the other hand, a lot of us want to see what would come out in a trial with all the major players — Wilson and Plame included — testifying under oath.

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