Plame Investigation - DOJ

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The leak

On July 14 2003, Robert Novak, a Right-Wing pundit and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times publicly "outs" Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. His article which is published to the general public, says:

Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. "I will not answer any question about my wife," Wilson told me."Plame Leak timeline

The CIA preliminary investigation

  • After weeks of debate about the legality of the leak, on July 30th 2003 the CIA files a "crime report" with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), suggesting the leak of Wilson's wife's name and covert status might entail criminal acts Plame Leak timeline
  • On September 16, 2003 the CIA notifies the DOJ that its investigation is complete and recommends that the FBI undertake a full criminal investigation DOJ, CIA call for Plame investigation, investigation starts

The DOJ investigation


Special Prosecutor

  • On October 9, 2003 Senators Daschle, Levin, Biden and Schumer call for appointment of a special counsel. Their claim is echoed by the press
  • On December 30, 2003 Attorney General Ashcroft recuses himself from the leak investigation. James Comey, Deputy Attorney General, appoints Patrick Fitzgerald, a U.S. Attorney, as "special" counsel.

List of people subpoenaed

List of people subpoenaed in the plame investigation Such as Karen Hughes (1), Robert Joseph "Mr. 16 words" (1), Jeff Gannon, Karl Rove, Judy Miller, Matt Cooper, etc..

List of people who testified to the Grand Jury

Records subpoenaed

Press leaks about GJ case

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