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The Scooter Libby File

Archive Director Explains Libby Trial Documents on NPR

Posted - March 7, 2007

For more information contact:
Thomas Blanton - 202/994-7000

Government Exhibit 532: Talking points written by Libby for White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

In the news

"Libby Evidence Finds Place at School's Archives"
National Public Radio
March 7, 2007

"Libby Trial Offered Glimpses of Way White House Worked"
By Amy Goldstein
The Washington Post
March 8, 2007

Washington D.C., March 7, 2007 - The declassified documents introduced as evidence during the trial of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, provide an almost unprecedented window into Mr. Cheney's own role as the most powerful vice president in history, according to National Security Archive director Tom Blanton this morning on NPR's Morning Edition.

To listen, click on http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7750388

This posting also includes the actual documents discussed today.

Talking with NPR's anchor Steve Inskeep, Blanton annotated a series of trial exhibits including several in Mr. Cheney's own handwriting, ranging from his scribbles on a New York Times op-ed piece critical of the administration, to his tasking of the White House press operation to defend Libby against charges of leaking classified information.

On the latter document, the Vice President wrote "Not going to protect one staffer + sacrifice the guy the Pres that was asked to put his neck in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others." Blanton noted that the staffer to be protected was Karl Rove, who remains President Bush's senior political advisor, and "the guy" was Scooter Libby - now convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. The document shows that Mr. Cheney's first instinct had been to say that the President had asked Libby to put his neck out, but then Cheney crossed that out and reverted to the passive voice - in fact, it was Cheney who tasked Libby with going to the press to defend the administration on this point.

Documents Introduced as Evidence
Note: The following documents are in PDF format.
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Government Exhibits (Jump to Defense Exhibits)

GX 1 -- Libby grand jury transcript, March 5, 2004

GX 1A -- Libby grand jury exhibits, March 5, 2004

GX 1A(2) -- Newly redacted version of GX 1A

GX 2 -- Libby grand jury transcript, March 24, 2004

GX 5A -- Libby classified information nondisclosure agreement, January 23, 2001

GX 6 -- Grossman's calendar

GX 10 -- Ambassador Wilson's Claims

GX 11 -- Libby waiver

GX 20 -- 28 CFR 50.10 (2004) Policy regarding issuance of subpoenas to members of the news media

GX 50 -- Fleischer calendar, July 7, 2003

GX 51 -- Fleischer immunity order

GX 52 -- Addington October 3, 2003 fax, September 30, 2003 e-mail

GX 53 -- Addington fax and memorandum, October 3, 2003

GX 54 -- Grand jury subpoena, January 22, 2004

GX 55 -- Office of Special Counsel letter to Addington, January 23, 2004

GX 56 -- Grand jury subpoena, January 30, 2004

GX 57 -- Office of Vice President employee certifications

GX 60 -- Justice Department letter to Addington, December 16, 2003

GX 61 -- Grand jury subpoena, January 22, 2004

GX 62 -- Grand jury subpoena, January 22, 2004

GX 65 -- Office of the Vice President memo regarding Department of Justice Document Requests, December 16, 2003

GX 104 -- Libby handwritten notes, June 12, 2003.

GX 104T -- Libby Notes, Typed, June 12, 2003

GX 205 -- Libby calendar, June 23, 2003

GX 207 -- Libby calendar, July 8, 2003

GX 216 -- Libby calendar, October 6, 2003

GX 217 -- Libby calendar, October 7, 2003

GX 218 -- Libby calendar, October 9, 2003

GX 219 -- Libby calendar, October 10, 2003

GX 221 -- Libby calendar, October 13, 2003

GX 222 -- Libby calendar, October 14, 2003

GX 303 -- Fax to Hannah and Libby, June 9, 2003

GX 401 -- Nicholas Kristof column, May 6, 2003

GX 402 -- Cheney handwritten notes on Wilson op-ed, July 6, 2003

GX 403 -- Libby underlined copy of Wilson op-ed, July 6, 2003

GX 412 -- Underlined and annotated copy of Maureen Dowd column, "National House of Waffles," July 13, 2003

GX 413 -- Collection of news articles, June / July 2003

GX 414 -- Robert Novak column, July 14, 2003

GX 418 -- Transcript of segment of White House press gaggle, October 1, 2003

GX 420T -- Transcript of segments of White House press briefing, October 7, 2003

GX 421T -- Transcript of segments of White House press briefing, October 10, 2003

GX 422 -- Washington Post article on FBI tracing link between Wilson and Plame, October 12, 2003

GX 423 -- Washington Post article on leak of Plame's name exposing CIA front firm, October 4, 2003

GX 506 -- Addington letter to Justice Department, October 21, 2003

GX 507 -- Addington letter to Justice Department, December 24, 2003

GX 508 -- Addington letter to FBI, March 5, 2004

GX 511 -- Addington letter to FBI, March 18, 2004

GX 521A -- Martin notes re conversation with Harlow

GX 522 -- Martin Talking Points handwritten notes

GX 523 -- Martin Talking Points re Joe Wilson

GX 524 -- Martin Talking Points re Joe Wilson

GX 527 -- Cooper e-mail to Martin, July 11, 2003

GX 528A -- Libby handwritten notes, July 12, 2003

GX 528B -- Typed version of Libby handwritten notes, July 12, 2003

GX 532 -- Libby / Cheney notes -- "asked to stick his neck in the meat grinder"

GX 540 -- Martin e-mail to Fleischer, July 7, 2003

GX 541 -- Martin notes re Tenet statement

GX 542 -- Draft Tenet statement

GX 701 -- Grenier call slip, June 11, 2003

GX 702 -- Schmall notes, June 14, 2003

GX 703 -- Schmall notes, July 14, 2003

GX 1021 -- Woodward questions regarding Cheney


Defense Exhibits

DX 18 -- Situation Room memo to Steven Hadley and Scooter Libby, January 24, 2003

DX 64 -- CIA Paper on Iraq-Niger Discussions regarding Uranium

DX 66 -- CIA memo to Cheney regarding Iraq-Niger Uranium Sales, February 14, 2002.

DX 71 -- State Department memo from Carl Ford to Marc Grossman

DX 178A -- Libby handwritten notes regarding declassification

DX 178AT -- Libby typed notes regarding declassification

DX 413 -- Office of the Vice President memo for to Libby regarding Indonesia, June 11, 2003

DX 414 -- Office of the Vice President memo to Libby regarding Deputies Committee on Iraq, June 11, 2003

DX 415 -- Office of the Vice President memo to Libby regarding Pakistani President Musharraf's visit, June 11, 2003

DX 420 -- OIG / INS CIA memo about Iraq Mission Manager Robert Grenier, July 31, 2003

DX 421 -- CIA memo to Craig Schmall regarding FBI Session, January 9, 2004

DX 430 -- Office of the Vice President memo to Libby regarding Afghanistan meeting, June 11, 2003

DX 433 -- Memo from Craig Schmall to Eric Edelman concerning Iraq-Niger Intelligence, May 14, 2003

DX 439 -- CIA memo, "Nigerian Denial of Uranium Yellowcake Sales," March 9, 2002

DX 511 -- Transcript of Bob Woodward's Taped Interview Excerpt with Richard Armitage

DX 511T1 -- Excerpt of Bob Woodward's Interview with Armitage, June 13, 2003

DX 600 -- CIA Press Release on President's Statement on Iraq Uranium Procurement, July 11, 2003

DX 616 -- Press Gaggle by Ari Fleischer Transcript, July 7, 2003

DX 703B -- Time Magazine, Matt Cooper, Massimo Calabresi and John F. Dickerson article, "A War on Wilson?" July 17, 2003.

DX 705 -- Washington Post article: "CIA Did Not Share Doubt on Iraq Data," Walter Pincus, June 12, 2003

DX 707B -- Joseph Wilson Op-ed, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," New York Times, July 6, 2003

DX 715 -- Kristof Column "White House in Denial," June 13, 2003

DX 802 -- Cheney/Libby Notes about Libby and Rove, January 13, 2002

DX 803 -- Office of the Vice President Notes on Media Talking Points regarding Niger Uranium

DX 812 -- Woodward's Question Card regarding Wilson's Wife

DX 816 -- Cooper's Notes on Conversation with Libby, August 23, 2004

DX 817 -- Cooper's Notes regarding Interview with Rove

DX 820 -- Cooper's Notes regarding Conversation with Libby Sent to Time Magazine, July 12, 2003

DX 845 -- Cooper-Ignatius E-mails, July 11, 2003

DX 846 -- Cooper E-mail to Duffy, Carney, July 11, 2003

DX 847 -- Cooper E-mail to Dickerson, July 11, 2003

DX 848 -- Cooper-Duffy E-mails, July 11, 2003

DX 850 -- Cooper E-mail to Wulf, July 16, 2005

DX 1031 -- Libby schedule for June 10, 2003

DX 1032 -- Libby schedule for June 11, 2003

DX 1059 -- Libby schedule, July 11, 2003

DX 1533 -- Call Log of Walter Pincus, June 23, 2004

DX 1541 -- E-mail from Catherine Martin to Jennifer Mayfield About Pincus, June 11, 2003

DX 1553 -- Martin E-mail to Anton, Comments on Wilson Q&A, July 11, 2003

DX 1567B -- Mark Sommer, Buffalo News column selections regarding Russert

DX 1568B -- News Article on Sommer's column

DX 1569B -- Russert's Letter to Buffalo News regarding Sommer's Column

DX 1572 -- Russert declaration on Special Counsel investigation

DX 1585 -- NBC statement regarding Russert subpoena, May 21, 2004

DX 1588 -- NBC statement regarding Russert's interview with Fitzgerald, Aug. 9, 2004

DX 1603 -- E-mail to Mayfield forwarding AP Article, "Re: Bush Use of Iraq Intelligence"

DX 1609 -- Vice President's talking points memo in response to Hardball, July, 14 2004

DX 1639 -- Catherine Martin and Matthew Cooper E-mails, July 11, 2003

DX 1640 -- E-mail from Cooper to Martin, June 11, 2003.

DX 1644 -- Fleischer and Rice Press Gaggle, July 11, 2003

DX 1645 -- Michael Duffy and James Carney, Time Magazine article, "A Question of Trust," July 13, 2003

DX 1647 -- Memo to Fleischer from Libby, July 11, 2003

DX 1675 -- Bush News Conference with President Museveni, Uganda, July 11, 2003

DX 1696 -- Fitzgerald letter to Russert's attorney regarding grand jury testimony, June 2, 2004

DX 1697 -- Special Counsel letter to Russert's attorney regarding deposition terms

DX 1795 -- E-mailed Article from National Review Online, September 29, 2003

DX 1796 -- National Review Editorial, "Leak Proof," October 27, 2003

DX 1797 -- Wall Street Journal Editorial, Political Intelligence, October 1, 2003

DX 1801 -- ABC This Week, interview of Condoleeza Rice by George Stephanopoulos

DX 1809 -- U.S. v. Libby stipulation regarding Former FBI Inspector in Charge John C. Eckenrode

DX 1810 -- U.S. v. Libby stipulation regarding FBI Section Chief Timothy J. Fuhrman

DX 3006 -- Russert, Today Show Transcript

Some government exhibits presented on February 1, 2007 were in video format which may be viewed as Flash files on the above Web site.

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