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   More conservatives falsely claimed that Plame leak investigation found that the leak itself wasn't illegal

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11/2/2005 6:00 pm

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Entered 11/2/2005, Updated 11/2/2005

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Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh, and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund mischaracterized the October 28 indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to claim that special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation determined that no underlying crime had been committed in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. In fact, neither the indictment nor Fitzgerald indicated that any conclusion has been reached as to whether a crime was committed in leaking Plame's identity. Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, is accused of lying to and misleading FBI agents and the grand jury during Fitzgerald's investigation of the Plame leak; he was indicted on two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice, and two counts of making false statements. As Media Matters for America documented, the claim made by numerous conservative media figures that the Libby indictment established that no "underlying crime" was committed is baseless.


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