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Libby's Troubles

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Not such a good day for Scooter Libby. From the Times:

The former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer today contradicted the account of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, that Mr. Libby first learned of a C.I.A. agent's identity on July 10, 2003.Mr. Fleischer, testifying in Mr. Libby's trial under a grant of immunity, said Mr. Libby told him over lunch on July 7, 2003, that the wife of a critic of President Bush's Iraq policy worked for the Central Intelligence Agency."This is hush-hush," Mr. Fleischer recalled Mr. Libby as saying in effect. "This is on the Q.T. Not many people know about this."

For those keeping score, Libby told the Grand Jury that he first heard about Valerie Plame's identity from Tim Russert on July 10th. Moreover, the specifics on the conversation don't look good for Scooter: Claims of a fauly memory are, um, less believable when it's revealed you have been talking about something in this way.

--Isaac Chotiner

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