October 31st, 2009
10:28 AM ET
13 years ago

Cheney told FBI he did not know who leaked Plame's identity

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/22/art.cheney1.gi.jpg caption="Dick Cheney says he doesn't remember playing a role in the eventual outing of a CIA agent."]

Washington (CNN) - Former vice president Dick Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he had no idea who leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, according to newly released FBI documents.

Cheney was questioned as part of an investigation on how journalists came to know the identity of Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who was a critic of the Iraq war.

In the interview, Cheney responded to many questions with "I do not recall."

However, he took a few stabs at the CIA in its handling of White House allegations that Iraq was attempting to purchase uranium from Niger to manufacture nuclear weapons.

Wilson was dispatched to Niger on a CIA assignment to explore the charges and later said that the Bush administration was twisting facts to support an invasion of Iraq. He implied in a newspaper article that his trip was at the behest of the vice president.

Cheney's reaction to the article was that it was "amateur hour" at the CIA, according to the FBI documents, released after the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a watchdog group in Washington, sued under the Freedom of Information Act. The 28-page summary of the Cheney interview was made public more than five years after it took place.

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  1. Amir Goy

    The almost universal, and highly justifiable... loathing of this particularly repellent figure... pales in comparison to the fact that both parties and their assorted head honchos remain unaccountable for the rampant criminality that most of the rest of the world plainly perceives the whole rotten system to be responsible for!

    October 31, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Bill Lewis in Austin

    The best thing that could happen to Cheney is if the media would just ignore him. Without an audience, maybe he'll go back home??

    October 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. DawnL,CA

    Why is Cheney not in jail? He outed Plame, ruined her career & put in danger any of her contacts. Libby took the fall for him & should have gotten jail time.

    October 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. JonDie

    That's called PERJURY. Indict Cheney today!

    October 31, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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