Friday, January 09, 2004

John Dean on the Plame scandal and "conspiracy to defraud" - If you're pressed for time, here's the keystone: "What counts as 'fraud' under the statute? Simply put, 'any conspiracy for the purpose of impairing, obstructing, or defeating the lawful function of any department of government.' (Emphasis added.) If telephoning reporters to further destroy a CIA asset whose identity has been revealed, and whose safety is now in jeopardy, does not fit this description, I would be quite surprised."

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