June 22nd, 2009
04:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Supreme Court declines to hear CIA leak case

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).

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Cleo

    All I can say is...Wow! What a country we live in..Who said it does not pay to have friends in high places!

    June 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Lock Cheney up. Hurry up and confirm Sotomayor.

    June 22, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Jason


    Because there was no wrongdoing.

    That is, except by the democrats and press who manufactured this story to further divide this country.

    June 22, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Scott W.

    Justice is lost.

    June 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Scooter Libby followed orders from Richard "DICK" Cheney. Why isn't Cheney in jail. Bush didn't grant Scooter a pardon. I wonder why that is.

    June 22, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Probably don't want to interfere with any on-going investigations into the other criminal acts of those two.

    June 22, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Moderate Democrat

    Their reasons, which they can not disclose go as such:

    "It's already a well established fact that Dick Cheney did all he could to kill our Military, and as such, it will come as no surprise to find out he willfully and purposely pursued the eradication of all other American Citizens via his hell bent mission to eradicate any and all constitutional rights of the people, including but not limited to denying them their right to privacy. We, the SCOTUS feel it would be a waste of tax payers money, to simply prove what is already known as fact."

    June 22, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. geecee

    Unfortunate that our Supreme Court didn't think it should hear this case. So much for the little guy in this country. Of course, they would support Cheney, the evil-doer. Sad, but they just don't want to get involved with discovering the truth evidently.

    June 22, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    Plame wasn't a covert agent, she was an administrator and her position and title were already public knowledge. Also, no one with any official authority asked Joe Wilson to gather information for the CIA. Finally, Joe Wilson was the equivelant of an office manager, not an ambassador. Just thought I'd set the record straight since no one else in the MSM cares to.

    June 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Typical Republican

    I love my SCOTUS, composed primarily of justices appointed by republicans. Put in place to ensure the obstruction of justice and cover up the absolute attrocities committed by those same republicans.

    Who needs Hitler, Hussein, Bin Laden, Al Qaeda or the Taliban when we have republicans?

    June 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. GuyInVA

    The leaker was apparently Richard Armitage, according to news accounts. Libby was convicted of perjury and lying to federal investigators (about how he found out who Plame was – not about leaking her name). But where's the fun (and notoriety) in suing Richard Armitage?

    June 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. demwit

    Only morons think covert operatives take the scenic drive along the Potomac River to their CIA's headquarters office in Langley everyday!!

    June 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Fla.

    Bush-league justice strikes again....

    No further "explanation" offered.

    June 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Ron

    You Dems are all baffoons. You believe everything you are told by the Democratic talking points and then whine about injustice when it turns out not to be true. I guess all you have to do is make the accusations whether they are true or not. If you are supported, then you can say, "see, we were right". If you are not supported, then you can say, "see, this proves corruption." How wonderful it must be not to need any facts to back up your accusations.

    Unless, of course, you consider late-night comics to be corroborating witnesses.

    June 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Larry

    Bush and Cheney both should be tried for crimes against humanity for the Iraq war. 4300 young american lives and an estimated 100,000 innocent Iraqui lives. That's a better head count, I believe, than Hussein had. And he swung.

    If our Supreme Court doesn't have the decency to hear that very important case maybe the United Nations will start their own investigation.

    June 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

    Who got paid for this one???

    June 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Jim

    Apparently, if you're powerful enough and Republican enough, it's okay to commit treason by exposing this country's covert operatives.

    Way to go, Supremes! From the same biased dopes who brought you sElection 2000- Another partisan decision reached by unelected knuckleheads beholden only to their political masters (and appointed for life, no less).

    June 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Simmy

    No surprise.....Chips don't fall far from the block.....Birds of a feather.... Gingsberg and Sotomayor will need two more colleagues in order to get fairness in the highest court in the land......

    June 22, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. yuri

    Can Cheney be courtin' with the courts and woo them to drop the Plame case? He is full of enigmas and does not lend himself to be analyzed as a politician, where as he offers a deluge of opinions about national security.

    June 22, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. jt

    Are the tax payers of SC paying Mark Sanford for his mysterious disappearance away from office?

    June 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Angela

    With the judges that have been stacked in the court, what did you expect? Justice?

    June 22, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. didi

    why???? did it get bribed???? drag it down...press...

    June 22, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Dawn in Pa

    The Bush Administration has long arms... I know that Justice is blind, but outing a Spy. Cheney should be with his friend Scooter and Rove should be there also. Rove is about as evil as Cheney, another thing, is this the same SCOTUS who denied the Bush/Gore 2000 election... Pssst, maybe someone should do an internal on the Supreme court.

    June 22, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Dean

    and just think our tax dollars pay those clowns

    June 22, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. JonDie

    Once again, the Supreme Ayatollahs refuse to defend American citizens and servants of the American people from being abused by our own government officials. Disgraceful but the Republican-controlled Supreme Court continues to give more and more powerful to the American government and its president at the expense of the American people. In fact, it's downright criminal.

    June 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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