- Newsweek reported Cheney's notes, written on the margins of a July 6, 2003, New York Times op-ed column by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, were included as part of a filing Friday night by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the perjury and obstruction case against ex-Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby.... In the margins of the op-ed, Cheney jotted out a series of questions that seemed to challenge many of Wilson's assertions as well as the legitimacy of his CIA-sponsored trip to Africa:
They were all very good questions."Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] to answer a question?
He was a former Ambassador, so I don't understand the "sic", but do we send former Ambassadors as intelligence officers?Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us?
A very good question, and if we do, do we expect them to just report to us, or are they expected to publish their response in an editorial in the papers.Or did his wife send him on a junket?"
Since he only gave the government an oral report, and since all he wrote was an editorial, it is a very good question. An even better question would be was this evidence of a coup attempt where some in the CIA wanted to overthrow the current US Government.