Plame’s Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge
Posted on Jul 19, 2007
Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, “Scooter” Libby and Richard Armitage for allegedly conspiring to leak her identity as a CIA operative was dismissed on “jurisdictional grounds” without comment by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Thursday.
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal.
Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her husband’s criticism of the administration.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove, former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.