November 06, 2005

Can We Charge Chalabi With the Espionage Act?

Via the Sideshow we find that John Dean spent some time reviewing Fitzpatrick's indictment against Scooter Libby and concludes that Fitz thinks there is cause to indict Cheney under the Espionage Act. Otherwise, why spend all that time describing what the Act is for in the midst of his indictment against Libby.

Here was the section that Dean called out:

The Espionage Act criminalizes, among other things, the willful - or grossly negligent -- communication of national-defense related information that "the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation."

Reading that passage, I wondered why Ahmed Chalabi hasn't been charged with Treason under the Espionage Act? After all, it was only last year when we found out that he was responsible for passing US secrets to Iran.

Obviously, for some of the neocon world, the fact that Chalabi was instrumental in conning the US into an immoral war and then passed US secrets to Iran isn't necessarily a problem. According to his old friends, Chalabi is the neocon spy who is coming in from the cold.

Indeed, next week he will be meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and is angling for a meeting with that other super-patriot, Big Man Cheney while in Washington. And of course, one of his stops will be at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as he gives a stirring speech thanking his marks friends for liberating Iraq for him on the backs of the dead.

Posted by Mary at November 6, 2005 12:04 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |