A federal judge on Thursday
dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's lawsuit against members of the
Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.
In this Friday, March 16, 2007, file
photo, former CIA analyst Valerie Plame listens to opening statements on
Capitol Hill during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
hearing. A federal judge on Thursday, July 19, 2007, dismissed Plame's
lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak
Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice
President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003.
Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her
husband's criticism of the administration.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional
grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional
arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House
political adviser Karl Rove, former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Plame's attorneys had said the lawsuit would be an uphill battle. Public
officials are normally immune from such lawsuits filed in connection with their
Plame's identity was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column in 2003,
shortly after Wilson began criticizing the administration's march to war in
Iraq. Plame believes the leak was retribution and that it violated their
Armitage and Rove were the sources for that article, which touched off a
lengthy leak investigation. Nobody was charged with leaking but Libby was
convicted of lying and obstruction the investigation. Bush commuted Libby's 2
1/2-year prison term before the former aide served any time.
A message seeking comment was left with Plame's attorney, Erwin