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. Mel of Alexandria

    We are a Nation of Laws and no one is above the law. Yet the highest court of the land is playing politics or playing chicken or both.

    June 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. the folly of the gop continues. . .


    You really need to grow up or blog on FOX. Your comment proves your immaturity.

    June 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. TomJay

    Democrats must be filled with bliss. I bet Democrats don't know that Valerie Plame was opposed by the Obama Justice Department, which was represented by Elena Kagan, Solicitor of the US. I also wonder if Democrats know that the Supreme Court would have heard the case if the Clinton appointees plus Justice Stevens (the most liberal Justice) wanted to hear the case.

    June 22, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. susanj

    i no longer have any respect for them. they are playing politics. what a disgrace. Cheney should be tried for treason – he outed Plame – no question about that.

    June 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Larry

    The Republican run Supreme court offers no reason for not taking on the case of a Republican Vice President, illegally outing a democratic CIA operative, for reasons of political revenge, against the operatives husband, because the husband spoke out and had proof that there were no WMDs in Iraq, before the fake war that the Republican V.P. supported, and helped start

    Who we already KNOW is guilty of the crime ...

    How Republicanly convenient ...

    June 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Ron

    Typical Dems looking over their shoulders. You're worse than the John Birch Society used to be. You've become the voice of paranoia. Like I said below, if a ruling goes against you, you assume it must be corruption or ciminal behavior. What a joke your Party has become. You have control of the White Hosue; control of both the House and the Senate; and you still can't accomplish anything. The only thing you know how to do well is blame Republicans.

    Now that is change we can believe in!!!

    June 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. CNN = Moveon.org

    I think it is great to see that liberal lies have been struck down again. When will you liberals realize that Bush/Cheney did nothing wrong and that you are just being played by the democrat party talking points. Where is the cry from liberals to go after Armitage, who really was the one who confessed to leaking her name? You liberals tried for 8 years to "get" Bush/Cheney for something, but you continue to fail because you have no evidence of any wrongdoing. You have your strong dislike, hate, and your opinions, but no real evidence. Being disliked though, doesn't make you corrupt, which unfortunately is what democrats believe.

    Keep crying about it liberals. It makes me smile the more you cry over it. Especially those like Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, who seems to not be very happy about anything these days, even though his liberal friends are in the White House.

    June 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    You GOPers don't get it. There's nothing to gloat about. This was not vindication of the Cheney administration (yeah, I said Cheney administration). There was simply no cause of action the way they framed the complaint. It's like if I walked up to you with a bat and knocked some sense into your empty GOPer heads, and then you tried to sue me for a car accident...well, a little like that...here the Court was merely saying that the Privacy Act doesn't cover this sort of thing. Pretty simple. Plame's lawyers should have thrown a few more causes of action in their complaint and painted with a broader brush.

    June 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. CNN = Moveon.org

    @the folly of the gop continues. . .

    Actually Ron is one of the voices of reason on this website. You still have no proof of any wrongdoing. All you have is your dislike of the Bush/Cheney Administration and it is eating you up inside. Too bad for you.

    Ron, you are correct in what you are saying. If Democrats disagree, there must be corruption involved. What a bunch of idiots.

    June 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. John

    Politics and Judiciary are like Hand in Glove.

    God can only save us from Injustice.

    June 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Marcello

    the previous administration acted like fascist
    but also appointed many of the judges in the Supreme Court

    So should we really expect some justice in this criminal case ?

    June 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Loup Garou 782

    @ Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The trash you and others of your ilk gets annoying afterwhile. With a little luck, some day you will have the opportunity to go hunting with Dick Cheney, and Dick returns alone.

    June 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. d1120

    They need to get a life....and get on with it......

    June 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. SL

    It would appear that neither the reporter nor most of the commentators understand how our federal legal system operates. The U.S. Supreme Court hears less than one per cent of the cases presented to it. That is all it has time to hear. It rarely comments on why it does not hear cases, but it is usually because the case does not present legal issues of sufficient importance to include in the small number of the cases that the lower courts need guidance on. Just because a case has had a lot of media attention does not mean that it involves difficult legal issues. Therefore, it can be handled by the District Court and the Courts of Appeals, without help from the Supreme Court.

    June 22, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Marc

    Ron and Jason – Tell it to all the guys and gals that are working undercover, like Valerie Plame was, that if any poltician decides to expose him or her due to whatever political statement/position someone close to him/her made, that will not be a crime. Just tell it... and expect that him or her still work for us...

    June 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. John H.

    Another dismal decision by our politicized Supreme Court.

    June 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. bill

    it stinks to high heaven.repub appointees on court what do you expect.if this goes without some hereings and prosucetion.dont think i will ever vote again.AND WE WORRY ABOUT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CORRUPTION.BETTER SWEEP OROUND OUR OWN DOOR.

    June 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Tom Paine

    There's a shock. Worthless case from day one.

    How is Joe Wilson still walking around free?

    June 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Forget 'Privacy Act!' What Cheney did was the endangerement of a classified intelligence operative. It's called treason in almost every country in the world!

    June 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. the folly of the gop continues . . .

    Ron/CNN Move On:

    My original comment stands.

    June 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Moe NY

    How are we, as a country, any better than Iran? There will be no justice in this situation. The Republicans get to cover up their corrupt moves once again.

    June 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. ib

    It's nice to see that the Court has more sense in this than all the liberals do. It would be nice to see Dodd & Frank sued for the mess that they have put us in; oh I forgot that's all Bush's mess according to Obama and his liberal pals.

    June 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Paul

    This is where the reality and ideal of America differ. The third branch (or the first or co-equal branch or whatever) are just inept and tainted as the Congress. At least, we are lucky to have a president that is closer to what the founding fathers intended. The majority of the current court is a bunch of right-wing weaklings. They got us eight years of Bush and now this!

    June 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Now maybe Valerie and Joe can go back to the trailer park and leave us alone....

    June 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    That is why more justices on the Supreme Court need to retire and we need some liberal justices in there. The bush appointees have proven they are all crooked.

    June 22, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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