Sunday, May 02, 2004

Political Wire: Wilson Fingers Cheney's Top Aide: "'Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson says that the disclosure of his wife's identity as an undercover C.I.A. officer may have come from the vice president's chief of staff,' the New York Times reports.

The claim is made in Wilson's new book, The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's C.I.A. Identity.

USA Today notes the book claims that Cheney himself 'was aware of a meeting held by his staff that started a chain of events' that led to the leak."

I've been a bit worried that it might come to this for some time now. If it's established that Cheney did actually manufacture the link, maybe this is a good time for him to bow out off the ticket? Think about the troubles it would save: defending his health, defending his refusal to release the records of his energy meetings, and it would entirely diffuse this leak issue. Plus, it leaves Bush open to grab another veep, while still leaving Cheney open to campaign for him. (not so sure about that last one) Might be a strong idea.

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