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Amazing: A Government Employee Convicted of Crime

March 6, 2007 by

For having revealed the identity of another government employee.

{ 7 comments }

Andrew T March 6, 2007 at 12:30 pm

There has to be a few government sacrificial lambs here and there. Keeps the booboisie thinking that everything would be running smoothly if not for a few corrupt people and that the government can police itself by rooting out these bad apples, as opposed to government itself being inherently criminal.

Charles Hanes March 6, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Actually, it was for lying to yet other government employees. As in the Martha Stewart case, the original charge was not actually brought.

lester March 6, 2007 at 2:46 pm

the original charge might come back if libby turns state’s evidence against cheney. that’s how fitzgerald did it in chicago.

Sag March 6, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Apparently Vice President Bush was responsible for pushing the non dislosure law through in 1982.

If anyone deserves to be jailed for any of the absurd “crimes against government” (e.g. lying to government employees to obstruct an inquiry into the revelation of the identity of a government employee), it’s surely Bush or one of his government handlers such as Libby.
They have done more than most to entrap everyone within the tentacles of government.

kurt March 6, 2007 at 8:44 pm

No worries, the government employee will be pardoned in 2009.

Bill March 8, 2007 at 8:06 am

The best part is that the reporter already knew the identity of the supposedly secret identity of the government employee in the first place.

This is a perfect illustration of the idiocy of unlimited government whose laws make criminals out of the very people who wrote the laws.

I have always said that if you want government to steal money from criminals then the only way to do that is to make regular citizens into criminals.

lester March 9, 2007 at 3:48 pm

I can see why fitzgerald went through with it. on a non legal but real level, someone is guilty. we know this womans name and what she does because someone, namely dick cheney via libby-armitage-novak, brought it to our attention. libby and co set up a roadblock so it would be awkward to try and prosecute it but fitzgerald probably said “hey, if he wants to risk serious jail time thinking I want prosecute without the underlying charge, I’ll learn him one”

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