Wednesday, March 08, 2006
WP: CIA fights Libby documents request - March 8
The CIA said in an affidavit released yesterday that meeting the demand of former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, right, for copies of highly classified intelligence documents he saw before he was indicted would "impose an enormous burden" and divert its analysts from more important tasks.
Attorneys for Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, responded that the CIA was exaggerating the difficulty of finding and turning over the documents. But they also scaled back their request for information in the hope of persuading a federal judge to order the agency to produce the documents.
At issue are documents that include the President's Daily Brief, the CIA's most sensitive intelligence report. Written in slightly different form for the president, the vice president and a handful of other senior officials, PDBs contain raw data clearly attributed to what the CIA considers its most reliable sources.
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