July 19th, 2007
04:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Why Plame's CIA leak lawsuit was dismissed

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Earlier today, a federal trial court judge dismissed the civil lawsuit filed by former CIA employee Valerie Plame and her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson.

Judge John Bates explained in his ruling on Thursday that he was dismissing the couple’s suit because special considerations counseled against allowing them to pursue monetary damages against Vice President Cheney, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and Richard Armitage.

First, Bates concluded that the couple could not sue for the disclosure of Plame’s identity because it appeared Congress had not intended that federal employees in Plame’s situation could recover damages against the federal government or its officials. Second, Bates dismissed the lawsuit because allowing it to proceed would likely cause “judicial intrusion into matters of national security” – matters which the Executive branch of the federal government has unique authority over. Finally, Bates noted that the couple had not filed the required administrative claim before coming to court. (Full ruling here)

The couple was seeking monetary damages because of the disclosure of Plame’s identity as a covert CIA operative. They have alleged that Plame was outed by the Bush administration as a consequence of Wilson’s criticism of the White House’s justifications for going to war in Iraq.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Scooter Libby • Valerie Plame
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  1. Mr. Middleclass

    Is the new "one world" order include the few like Judge Bates? Bet he was cheap in todays worthless dollars.

    How many more Robber Baron types will crawl up from the gutters of America to join the richest 1% yearning to control the world? Their looking for crumbs again.

    Hear ye Hear ye all Bushie lock step automatons. Now is the time to cast your hats or more likely hairpeices into the ring of the greedy as the world is yours for the taking.... just ask Murdoch. He leads the armies of most recognized as selfish citizens.

    July 21, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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