[eDebate] wilson suit filed against cheney, rove, libby

Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Fri Jul 14 09:59:02 CDT 2006

i wonder where the fitzgerald case is going now?


Wilson, Plame to Sue Cheney, Rove and Libby
    From the Website of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame
    t r u t h o u t | Statement

    Thursday 13 July 2006

Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joseph Wilson initiate a civil action 
against Vice President Cheney, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby for violations 
of their Constitutional and other legal rights.
    Washington, DC - Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, 
former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, filed suit in federal court today against 
Vice President Dick Cheney, his former Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" 
Libby, top Presidential advisor Karl Rove and other unnamed senior White 
House officials, for their role in the public disclosure of Valerie Wilson's 
classified CIA status.

    A copy of the Complaint as filed in court is attached, as is a page with 
excerpts from the Complaint.

    The suit accuses the defendants of violating the Wilsons' constitutional 
and other legal rights as a result of "a conspiracy among current and former 
high-level officials in the White House" to "discredit, punish and seek 
revenge against" Mr. Wilson for publicly disputing statements made by 
President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address justifying the war in 

    The suit was filed nearly three years after Washington columnist Robert 
Novak disclosed Valerie Wilson's classified CIA employment in a column he 
wrote on July 14, 2003, based on leaks from senior administration officials. 
It subsequently was confirmed, during Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's 
criminal investigation, that several top ranking officials in the White 
House leaked Wilson's name and status with the CIA to Novak and other 

    The Complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the 
District of Columbia by the international law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, 
whose team is headed by Washington, D.C. litigation partner and privacy law 
practitioner Christopher Wolf. Noted Constitutional law scholar Erwin 
Chemerinsky, a professor of law at Duke University, is of counsel in the 

    As a result of Cheney, Libby and Rove's conduct, the suit claims that 
the Wilsons have suffered violations of their rights guaranteed under the 
United States Constitution and by laws of the District of Columbia.

    The Complaint specifies that each of the Wilsons has been deprived of 
their First and Fifth Amendment rights; each has suffered a gross invasion 
of their privacy; each has been impaired in pursuing professional 
opportunities; and that they fear for their safety and the safety of their 
children as a result of the wrongful public disclosures. In addition, the 
Complaint alleges that Valerie Wilson was impaired in her ability to carry 
out her duties at the CIA, and to pursue her career at the agency in further 
service to her country, as she had planned. While no specific dollar amount 
is requested, the suit seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages and 
attorneys' fees and costs.

    Coinciding with the filing of the Complaint, the Joseph and Valerie 
Wilson Legal Support Trust has been established. Funds from the trust will 
help the Wilsons pay the substantial legal costs forced upon them by the 
unlawful leaking of Mrs. Wilson's covert CIA status. The objectives of the 
trust include:

Counseling them in connection with their potential witness testimony during 
the upcoming trial of Scooter Libby; and

Helping them to prepare the civil suit that will uncover the truth 
surrounding the leak, ensure all relevant public officials are held 
accountable for actions depriving the Wilsons of their privacy and 
constitutional rights, and serve as a deterrent to similar wrongdoing being 
committed in the future.
    The Trust was established with the Wilsons' approval and provides that 
should the suit result in a payment to the Wilsons in excess of their legal 
costs, they will reimburse the Trust for all legal costs paid by the Trust. 
That money will then be distributed by the trustees to a charitable 
organization(s) that works to protect the rights of government 

    Contributions to the Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust can 
be given at www.wilsonsupport.org or sent to P.O. Box 40918, Washington, 
D.C. 20016-0918.

    Neither the Wilsons nor their attorneys will comment on the civil suit 
today, but they will meet with the news media at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the 
National Press Club, 14th and F Sts.

    Excerpts From the Complaint in Wilson v. Libby, et al.:

"The lawsuit concerns the intentional and malicious exposure by senior 
officials of the federal government of one such human source at the CIA, 
Valerie Plame Wilson, whose job it was to gather intelligence to make the 
nation safer, and who risked her life for her country."
"The Defendants reached an agreement to discredit, punish, and seek revenge 
against the Plaintiffs.... Said agreement was motivated by an invidiously 
discriminatory animus towards those who had publicly criticized the 
administration's stated justifications for going to war with Iraq."

"The Defendants chose not to address publicly, directly, and on the merits 
why they may have thought Mr. Wilson was wrong or unfair in his statements 
on the President's misstatements. Rather, they embarked on an anonymous 
'whispering campaign' designed to discredit and injure the Plaintiffs and to 
deter other critics from publicly speaking out."

"But for Mr. Wilson coming forward, it is unlikely that the Administration 
ever would have acknowledged its error. The fact that the administration had 
to admit its mistake is one likely reason why the Defendants chose to attack 
the Wilsons"

"The Defendants fraudulently concealed the existence of the Plaintiffs' 
cause of action . . . by, among other things, giving false or misleading 
testimony to federal law enforcement personnel and/or the federal grand jury 
empanelled to investigate the unlawful publication of Plaintiff Valerie 
Plame Wilson's classified CIA employment...."


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