CIA leak trial nearing a quick and quiet end

first_imgWASHINGTON – Once expected to rival the courtroom dramas of Watergate and Iran-Contra, the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby neared a quick, unsensational close Wednesday. Libby’s attorneys rested a truncated defense after the judge barred much of their classified evidence because Libby decided not to testify in his perjury trial. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrapped up the government’s rebuttal in minutes. On Tuesday, the jury will return to hear closing arguments over whether the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney lied to the FBI and a grand jury about whether he leaked to reporters in 2003 that Valerie Plame, the wife of prominent Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson, worked for the CIA. The trial fell well short of the Watergate and Iran-Contra trials that riveted the nation’s attention. Defense attorneys decided not to call the two biggest witnesses they had dangled in pretrial proceedings: Libby and his former boss Cheney. In the process, they illuminated the interactions between top reporters and officials. The government case marched chronologically through the tumultuous spring and summer of 2003, when the administration was embarrassed that U.S. forces in Iraq had not found any of the weapons of mass destruction that Bush had used to justify the war. Fitzgerald’s goal was to render Libby’s statements to the FBI and the grand jury unbelievable. Libby acknowledged that he was first told of Plame’s CIA job by Cheney on June 12, 2003, but he claims that he forgot it amid the many national security issues he dealt with. Libby told investigators that he thought he was hearing about her job for the first time on July 10 from NBC Washington bureau chief Tim Russert and thereafter only told reporters he had heard about the job from other journalists. Russert testified he and Libby never talked about Plame at all. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 14 days of testimony, the trial never filled an overflow courtroom, with a video hookup, to handle the crowds expected – particularly for the cross-examination of Libby and Cheney. Nevertheless, testimony showed that Cheney was intimately involved on a daily basis in July 2003 in rebutting Wilson’s allegations that President George W. Bush had lied about intelligence to push the nation into war with Iraq. Cheney was described by his own aides as particularly upset that Wilson suggested the vice president knew one key justification – that Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa for nuclear weapons – had been debunked by Wilson in 2002. The defense put in a handwritten note in which Cheney told the White House secretary to exonerate Libby in the leak and not sacrifice him to protect Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove. The trial also brought top-level Washington reporters, including five Pulitzer Prize winners, and some of their usually unidentified government sources into the courtroom. The defense, with limited direct evidence to rebut the government’s case, used these witnesses to raise questions about the memory, techniques and ethics of reporters who had testified against Libby. last_img read more

Magic Johnson Praises LaVar Ball for Being Involved with

Magic Johnson said the Lakers are due to meet with Lonzo Ball in a couple of weeks. (David Alex Films/Vimeo)Magic Johnson thinks LaVar Ball has something in common with Kris Jenner and, no, that’s not a diss to the outspoken basketball dad.Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, addressed reports that the Lakers are interested in Ball’s son, Lonzo, a former guard at UCLA. Johnson said the team will be scheduling an interview with him in a couple of weeks and he isn’t worried about LaVar Ball being a distraction.“I don’t look at any parent, when it comes to a professional league, that will be a problem,” Johnson said to “Best of ESPNLA.” “We’ve always had parents who love their sons or daughters who play in professional golf or basketball, whatever, who are getting involved and get excited and also who think their child is the best. …“I have no problem with LaVar.”He likened LaVar Ball to Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, who launched her family into reality TV stardom with the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” after the leak of her daughter Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.“The Kardashians, we didn’t say that the mom was bad and she made them a lot of money, right?” Johnson said. “She’s bragged on her daughters. And I think it’s the same here. He’s just saying, ‘Hey, my son is great.’ It’s nothing bad with that. [The Lakers are] not looking at LaVar being a problem if we’re blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo.”Johnson applauded LaVar Ball for being involved in the lives of his sons, LiAngelo, LaMelo and Lonzo.“I’m happy that a father goes around and says great things about his son[s],” he said. “It seems like it hasn’t bothered Lonzo, so that’s what we really have to look at. This young man has been a champion in high school and then he’s gone on to have a stellar career at UCLA and his father was talking at that time, but it didn’t bother him.“So, as long as it doesn’t bother him, it’s not gonna bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court, right?” read more

ENVOY Networks upgrades Western warehouse to bigger location

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Tags: Envoy ENVOY Networks upgrades Western warehouse to bigger locationcenter_img TORONTO — ENVOY Networks is on the move! The distribution company, which specializes in custom marketing solutions for the travel industry, is relocating its Western Canada warehouse to meet the needs of their growing business.“This is an exciting time for ENVOY. We’re busier than ever and expanding at an incredible rate,” says Glen Harwood of ENVOY. “Not only did we move our Eastern Canada warehouse to Etobicoke this past December, we’ve also upgraded our Western Canada home to an even bigger location. These two moves are hopefully a sign of even bigger things to come for our growing company.”The Western Canada warehouse is now located at 150-6251 Graybar Road, Richmond, B.C., V6W 1H6. For inquiries, contact Dennis Andres, Western Warehouse Manager at (604) 278-1020 or via email at [email protected] more information about ENVOY, contact Toni DeFino, VP Marketing and Product Development at [email protected] Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more