"CP/ -- his wife works in that division"

What Cheney appears to have told Libby about Valerie Plame.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 30, 2007 3:08PM (EST)

In his indictment of Scooter Libby, Patrick Fitzgerald alleged that on or about June 12, 2003, Dick Cheney informed Libby that Joseph Wilson's wife worked in the counterproliferation division of the CIA.

We've just seen the evidence that appears to support that allegation -- what appear to be Libby's notes of a June 12, 2003, telephone conversation with the vice president about a Nicholas Kristof column that had called into question the accuracy of the president's State of the Union claim that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium in Africa.

Among other things, the notes say: "CP/ -- his wife works in that division."

David Addington, Cheney's former counsel and Libby's replacement as chief of staff, said he believes the letters "CP" are a reference to the CIA's counterproliferation division.

Tim Grieve

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

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