The Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald denounced Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) again on Wednesday, dismissing his claim that the journalist should be prosecuted over his involvement in the NSA's surveillance program going public.
Appearing on "All In With Chris Hayes," Greenwald accused King of creating an "outright fabrication," invoking a memorable name from the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney era in the process.
"What I thought was most remarkable was that the entire framework that he offered, the ground on which he made his call for my arrest and prosecution was an outright fabrication," Greenwald said. "Really, a lie. He went on national television and accused me of having threatened to uncover and expose and publish the identities of covert CIA agents, as though I was Lewis Libby or something."
Back in February, the Associated Press noted how Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) restored Lewis "Scooter" Libby's voting rights six years after he was convicted on criminal charges in a memorable CIA incident. The former Cheney chief of staff was found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice and false statements that contributed to the compromised identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Libby's two-and-a-half-year prison sentence was commuted by Bush, who told NBC News in 2010 that Cheney wanted him to pardon the former staffer.