Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Is it possible to be a liar and a scapegoat?

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The entire Scooter Libby trial is interesting, with the prosecution painting a picture of a guy who worked to protect his boss and the defense arguing he's been made a scapegoat by the administration. Could it be that both the defense and the prosecution are correct in many of their assertions? From Richard Willing over at the McPaper of American journalism:
Prosecutors allege that the Bush administration officials engineered the leaks to undermine Wilson's credibility. The key issue in the trial, however, is not any attempt to damage Wilson but whether Libby intentionally lied when he told FBI agents and grand jurors in late 2003 and 2004 that he first learned Plame's identity from NBC reporter Tim Russert. Russert, who is expected to testify, has already denied that.

During Tuesday's opening statements, Libby attorney Theodore Wells claimed Libby was a scapegoat for the mistakes of other high-ranking White House officials, particularly Karl Rove, Bush's key political adviser.
Hear Nina Totenberg's story over toward the left at NPR for a well-balanced take on the activities in court yesterday.

My own take from the shores of the Elizabeth River: Mr. Libby likely lied, and he is likely being slaughtered to save others in the administration; they will not step to his defense, leaving him to hang in the breeze and serve as the scapegoat for all-that-went-wrong with that little let's-avoid-transparency-at-any-cost spin before the invasion of Iraq.

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