“We’re not saying that we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of,” said the juror, Denis Collins. “But it seemed like he was . . . the fall guy.”
… “Where’s Rove, where’s — you know, where are these other guys?” Collins said, referring to Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser, and Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy chief of staff who testimony showed had been the first person to leak Plame’s name.
Moreover, Collins said, jurors believed that Libby had been carrying out a directive by his immediate boss, Cheney, to “go out and talk to reporters” to tarnish Wilson’s reputation. But Collins said jurors stopped short of discussing whether the vice president specifically urged Libby to tell journalists about Plame’s CIA job.
And what did President Bush say about the verdict?
Dana Perino, the deputy White House press secretary, said President Bush watched the news of the verdict on television in the Oval Office. She said Mr. Bush respected the jury’s verdict but “was saddened for Scooter Libby and his family,” using Mr. Libby’s nickname.
Yes, you read that right – he was saddened for Libby’s – the perpetrtor’s – family, not Valerie Wilson/Plame’s – the victim’s.
Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent, working to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists. We, of course, do not know how much damage was done when the White House “outed” her. We do not know the fate of those she may have met with in countries where she operated. But governments like Iran keep track of people traveling in their country, and when it was revealed that she was a CIA operative, they go back over their records and see who she met with and worked with. We do not know if any of them were jailed or killed as a result.
Outing her also revealed that her cover company was a CIA front. So ALL the agents working for that company were ALSO “outed.” And all the people THEY met with in all the countries where THEY operated were ALSO revealed. And of course we do not know how many of THEM were jailed or killed as a result.