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