December 31, 2003 |
Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday bowed out of the politically charged investigation into who leaked the name of a covert CIA officer, an action that suggests the probe could touch people in the Bush administration who have ties to Ashcroft. Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney in Chicago, was named as a special prosecutor to handle the probe. He will report to Deputy Attorney General James Comey but was given "the power and authority to make whatever prosecutorial judgment he needs," Comey said.
March 6, 2004 |
The White House will comply with federal grand jury subpoenas seeking telephone records from Air Force One to determine whether presidential aides used the plane's phones to leak the name of a CIA officer to reporters, a White House spokesman said yesterday. The focus on calls from the presidential aircraft is one of several angles investigators are pursuing in their effort to find a leaker. Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson contends that Bush administration officials disclosed the identity of his wife to punish him for speaking against the war in Iraq.
April 30, 2004 |
A former U.S. diplomat said yesterday that Vice President Cheney's office mounted a campaign to discredit him after he challenged President Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein had secretly tried to buy uranium in Africa for nuclear weapons. The campaign, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson alleged, included calls to reporters revealing that his wife was an undercover CIA officer. Wilson spoke the day before a book he has written, The Politics of Truth, goes on sale. He visited the West African nation of Niger in February 2002 on a CIA-sponsored trip to examine the claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium there.
October 8, 2003 |
President Bush said yesterday that he had "no idea" whether the Justice Department would ever find out who in his administration revealed the identity of an undercover CIA officer. The White House ruled out three top aides as the possible source of the leaked information: Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist; Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff; and Elliott Abrams, a senior director on the National Security Council. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said he questioned all three in response to media reports identifying them as possible leak sources, and they denied it. A senior administration official identified CIA officer Valerie Plame when talking last summer to syndicated columnist Robert Novak about Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, according to Novak, who has declined to name his source.
November 26, 1996 |
ALEXANDRIA, VA. Spy suspect denied bail CIA officer Harold J. Nicholson, charged with spying for Russia, was denied bail yesterday at a hearing in which prosecutors revealed he has a Swiss bank account with $61,000 he did not report on financial disclosure forms. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rawles Jones Jr. concluded there is "a serious risk of flight" by the former CIA station chief and that he could pose a danger if released. Nicholson will plead innocent Dec. 2, his court-appointed lawyers reaffirmed.
January 5, 2013
Film New this week: Zero Dark Thirty (**** out of four stars) Kathryn Bigelow's slow-burning and brilliant account of the decade-long Osama bin Laden manhunt, with Jessica Chastain as the CIA officer determined to track the al-Qaeda figure down, no matter what. Rated R. - Steven Rea Music Midge Ure From the boy-band bubblegum of Silk in the '70s to the synth-pop of Ultravox in the '80s - with stops at Thin Lizzy, the Rich Kids, and Visage in between - Midge Ure has long been a centerpiece of the musical landscape in the United Kingdom.
September 30, 2005 |
Judge OK's release of more Abu-Ghraib abuse pix, tapes A federal judge in New York yesterday ordered the release of three videotapes and 74 more pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib, rejecting government arguments it would provoke terrorists and incite violence against U.S. troops in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said terrorists "do not need pretexts for their barbarism" and that suppressing the pictures would amount to submitting to blackmail.
July 13, 2005
The unraveling of L'Affaire Rove offers two possibilities: Either presidential adviser Karl Rove wasn't telling the truth to President Bush about his role in revealing the identity of a CIA officer. Or Bush wasn't telling the truth to the public about Rove's involvement. Neither option is defensible. Rove has been choosing his words carefully on this matter for two years, a parsing that could not have escaped the President's attention. He has said he did not reveal the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame, and never even knew her name.
February 14, 2002 |
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday he believes kidnapped American reporter Daniel Pearl is still alive. "I am reasonably sure he's alive and I really very much hope - we all hope - that he is alive," Musharraf said after meeting with President Bush at the White House. "About getting him released, well let me say we are as close as possible to getting him released. " Pakistani police have arrested a suspected kidnapper but said yesterday that though the man claims the Wall Street Journal reporter is alive, he wasn't telling them much else.
July 19, 2005 |
President Bush yesterday narrowed the circumstances under which he would fire subordinates who leaked the identity of a covert CIA officer to journalists in 2003, saying he would dismiss anyone who committed a crime. His comment marked a shift from an earlier pledge to dismiss any aide found to have been involved in exposing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. During a White House news conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Bush said of the matter: "I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts.