Joe Wilson, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, kept his criticism of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney and Cheney's former chief of staff Scooter Libby succinct and serious Wednesday, when he referred to each of them simply as "traitor."
During a discussion on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Wilson sat beside his wife and harshly described each of the men who were at the center of a scandal that led to the leak of Plame's identity.
"They betrayed the national security of our country," Wilson, an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and former U.S. Ambassador said. "By betraying the identity of a covert CIA operative, whose identity is kept secret because it's in the national interests that the identity be kept secret, in order for her to be able to acquire foreign secrets on behalf of our country."
Wilson also later went on to say that he didn't know if former President Bush was a traitor as well.
"I don't know what he knew," Wilson said. "We were unable to get that in criminal court and were unable to get there in civil court because the Supreme Court denied us the right to go ahead pursue civil charges against him or a civil case against him."
Plame gave a less abrupt analysis of Cheney and Libby.
"I think he has an extremely dark view of the world," Plame said of Cheney. "And his idea of the One Percent Doctrine, which was, you know, there -- if there's a 1 percent chance of a terrorist attack or something affecting our national security, we're going to do everything to prevent it. And that sounds good, except what it really means is it undermines the very values that we as a country hold dear."
Plame went on to describe Libby as a scapeboat for the former Vice President.
"I think he's someone who was doing everything he could to protect his boss, Vice President Cheney," Plame said of Libby. "And he was left out to dry."
Libby was indicted by a federal grand jury and later convicted and sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for his role in leaking Plame's identity to New York Times journalist Judith Miller. Wilson and Plame alleged that she was exposed as retaliation for a report she wrote that was critical of the Bush Administration. Then-President Bush commuted Libby's sentence in 2007, after it became clear that the appeals process would not be successful.
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