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Fitzgerald expanded scope of inquiry in 2004 to probe Niger forgeries

by : Jason Leopold
Sunday October 30, 2005 - 19:12
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By Jason Leopold

The special prosecutor investigating the outing of a covert CIA agent expanded his probe last year to include intelligence information used by the Bush administration claiming that Iraq tried to purchase yellow-cake uranium from Niger.

According to a court filing posted on the website of Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating who leaked the name of undercover CIA agent to reporters, was interested in questioning New York Times reporter Judith Miller about the CIA agent or whether she discussed Iraq’s alleged efforts to purchase uranium from Niger.

"On August 12 and August 20, 2004, grand jury subpoenas were issued to reporter Judith Miller and her employer, the New York Times, seeking documents and testimony related to “conversations between Miller and a specified government official occurring between on or about July 6, 2003 and on or about July 13, 2003, concerning Valerie Plame Wilson (whether referred to by name or by description) or concerning Iraqi efforts to obtain uranium.” the filing made by Fitzgerald last year states.

While many public officials and the media have long believed that Fitzgerald was not only looking into the identity of administration officials that leaked Plame’s name to reporters, this is the first time there is information there is confirmation the investigation had expanded to investigate the Niger forgeries.

Sources close to the case said Fitzgerald will empanel a new grand jury and pursue broader conspiracy charges against senior officials inside the Bush administration as well as other people who worked at the State Department, and the National Security Council. Fitzgerald is expected to make an official announcement of his intentions going forward Friday.

NATO sources told United Press International Monday that Fitzgerald’s team of investigators has sought and obtained documentation on the forgeries from the Italian government.

According to the report, "Fitzgerald’s team has been given the full, and as yet unpublished report of the Italian parliamentary inquiry into the affair, which started when an Italian journalist obtained documents that appeared to show officials of the government of Niger helping to supply the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein with Yellowcake uranium.

This claim, which made its way into President Bush’s State of the Union address in January, 2003, was based on falsified documents from Niger and was later withdrawn by the White House.



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> Fitzgerald expanded scope of inquiry in 2004 to probe Niger forgeries
Sunday October 30 - 20:40 - Posted by 864b09a2ff36b8fd...

I hope so. This Administration has raped and plundered this country. They steal billisons of dollars which are supposed to go to Iraqi people and yet no one knows where the missing money is and there is no oversight or investigation. There have been stolen elections by Diebold machines and the media does not cover this how they can be hacked. So much has gone on that is not for the people, schools, minimum wage, infra structure, alternative energy, jobs kept in the US and not going over seas, this is evil and scary, and most abusive of all is a war, young human lives and souls for oil. This has got to stop and I hope Fitzgerald has the balls and guts and ingenuity to do so.




> Fitzgerald expanded scope of inquiry in 2004 to probe Niger forgeries
Monday October 31 - 02:58 - Posted by 01c3095a3f202ece...

If Fitzgerald is really going into this, this would give back some faith in the American judical system.







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