10/18/2005: And one wonders how far up it goes....
At Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall points us to a New York Daily News story that suggests that l'affaire Plame prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may be investigating VP Dick "Darth" Cheney with respect to his involvement in the outing of Plame--with the help of a "a senior cooperating witness". In criminal defense lawyer terms, "senior cooperating witness" translates to "highly placed snitch". If I were Darth, I'd hire me a high priced criminal defense lawyer if I haven't already (but remember, "nothing says 'guilt' like a high priced criminal defense lawyer"... heheheheheh), and start funneling my share of Halliburton kickbacks and embezzled Iraqi reconstruction funds to him/her. Because from what I have read of Fitzgerald, he's a prosecutorial pit bull, and if Fitzgerald thinks Cheney's crooked, he wouldn't let Cheney's high profile stop him from trying to make Cheney Bubba's next date to the prison prom.
Which reminds me of one of Dick's character references:
I've met Dick Cheney. I've never stood that close to evil.UPDATE: An interesting speculation in a Daily Kos diary suggests that Ari Fleischer is the highly placed snitch that is (I hope) ratting out both Bush and Cheney. Pure speculation, but it sounds plausible....
UPDATE II: An item in RAW STORY fingers John Hannah, a senior national security aide seconded to Vice President Dick Cheney's office from John Bolton's former office in the State Department (Arms Control and International Security Affairs) as the highly placed snitch. Wonder what, if any significance that adds to Bolton's reputed visit to Judy Miller while she was behind bars?
Len on 10.18.05 @ 10:48 AM CST