CIA trial
Fri Jun 8, 2007 23:18

CIA trial

Hours before Mr Bush arrived in Rome, the first criminal trial over the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects opened in Milan.

Twenty-six Americans and six Italians are accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from Italy and sending him to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured. Mr Prodi has already said that the case will not be on the agenda when he meets Mr Bush.

On Friday, Mr Bush met Polish President Lech Kaczynski at his retreat on the Baltic Sea coast, where they discussed his plans for a European anti-missile defence system.

Mr Kaczynski said Poland supported the system and reiterated Mr Bush's statement that the missile shield would not threaten Russia.

Earlier on Friday, a stomach upset forced Mr Bush to skip some meetings on the final day of the G8 summit.

The leaders said they had made clear progress on fighting poverty in Africa and global warming.



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The Leak

In July 2003, Ambassador Wilson spoke out against the Bush Administration’s false claim that Iraq had sought nuclear material in Africa, which had been a primary justification for going to war with Iraq. To punish and discredit Wilson and intimidate others who might come forward, senior Bush administration officials leaked to reporters the name of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, and her classified CIA status – destroying her career and jeopardizing national security.

Following the leak, the CIA requested that the Justice Department conduct an investigation into whether the White House violated federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against Ambassador Wilson. The Justice Department responded with the appointment of a special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald. Evidence collected by Mr. Fitzgerald has shown that at least two Bush administration officials, Karl Rove and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr., discussed Mrs. Wilson’s employment at the CIA with reporters. Last October, a grand jury indicted Mr. Libby, former Chief of Staff and assistant for National Security Affairs to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements. His trial is set to begin in 2007. In preparation for that trial, Mr. Libby has released a list of potential witnesses that includes Ambassador and Mrs. Wilson.   

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