Saturday, November 05, 2005

Eric S. Edelman and Plame

"Eric S. Edelman, an under secretary of defense and former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, "would have been well advised" to tell Congress this spring about his "involvement" with the investigation into the C.I.A. leak case, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said in a statement on Thursday.

President Bush installed Mr. Edelman in the post this summer, using a recess appointment to bypass the Senate confirmation process. Mr. Edelman told the committee in a written statement in May that "to the best of my knowledge, I am not presently the subject of any governmental inquiry or investigation."

But Mr. Edelman is identified by his former job title in the indictment of I. Lewis Libby Jr., who resigned last Friday as Vice President Cheney's chief of staff and national security adviser. The office of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the case, has confirmed that Mr. Edelman was the "then principal deputy" to Mr. Libby in the indictment.


But the indictment describes Mr. Edelman as among a handful of people with whom Mr. Libby held discussions in June and July of 2003 about whether information about the trip that Joseph C. Wilson IV made to Niger at the request of the Central Intelligence Agency could be shared with reporters. Mr. Edelman's inclusion in the indictment suggests that he could be among the current and former aides to Mr. Cheney called as witnesses in any trial of Mr. Libby.


Mr. Edelman ceased work for Mr. Libby on June 6, 2003, to begin language training in preparation for a posting as ambassador to Turkey.

The indictment says that Mr. Libby and Mr. Edelman spoke by telephone on or about June 19, 2003, before Mr. Wilson's name became public. It says that Mr. Edelman asked Mr. Libby in June 2003 whether information about Mr. Wilson's trip could be disclosed to the press to rebut allegations that Vice President Cheney had called for the trip.


As under secretary of defense for policy, Mr. Edelman holds one of the most senior positions in the department, a post previously held by Douglas J. Feith." (link)

Hmmmmm. Defense. Libby. Niger. Plame. Feith. Turkey. Lying. Recess appointment.

It sounds like he is channelling a sibel edmonds conspiracy.

(for you americabloggers, there's an update here)

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