WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a lawsuit filed by former CIA operative Valerie Plame against onetime Bush administration officials to continue.
The justices offered no explanation for deciding not to hear the case brought by Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson.
The two accused then-Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials of leaking Plame's identity to reporters in 2003, endangering her life as covert operative and violating her constitutional rights.
A federal appeals court had dismissed the lawsuit, saying the allegations do not fall under protections provided by the Privacy Act.
The identity leak led to an obstruction of justice conviction for onetime Cheney chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby. A jury found he lied to investigators about his role in the Plame matter. No charges were ever brought against anyone for actually leaking Plame's identity.
The case is Wilson v. Libby (08-1043).