Did Cheney's office hit the delete key on Plame e-mails?

Patrick Fitzgerald says messages are missing from around the time that her identity was leaked.

Published February 1, 2006 6:56PM (EST)

Well, what an interesting coincidence.

Josh Marshall points us to this nugget at the bottom of a New York Daily News piece on the Valerie Plame case: In a letter to lawyers for Scooter Libby, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald says that e-mail messages sent from Dick Cheney's office around the time of the Plame leak in 2003 have been deleted despite a White House policy that required that they be kept.

Update: Raw Story has posted what appears to be an excerpt from Fitzgerald's letter. In it, the prosecutor says that e-mail messages from both Cheney's office and the Executive Office of the President seem to be missing.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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