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OK'd CIA leak
Former Cheney aide
tells court that president
authorized him through
VP to leak intelligence
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice Pres-
ident Dick Cheney's former top aide
told prosecutors that President Bush
authorized a leak of sensitive intelli-
gence information about Iraq, accord-
ing to court papers filed by prosecutors
in the CIA leak case.
The filing by Special Counsel Pat-
rick Fitzgerald also describes Cheney's
involvement in I. Lewis Libby's com-
munications with the press.
There was no indication in the
filing that either Bush or Cheney
authorized Libby to disclose Valerie
Plame's CIA identity. But it points to
Cheney as one of the originators of
the idea that Plame could be used to
discredit her husband, Bush adminis-
tration critic Joseph Wilson.
Before his indictment, Libby testi-
fied to the grand jury investigating the
CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass
on prewar intelligence on Iraq and that
it was Bush who authorized the disclo-
sure, the court papers say. According
to the documents, the authorization
led to the July 8, 2003, conversation
between Libby and New York Times
reporter Judith Miller. In that meeting,
Libby made reference to the fact that
Wilson's wife worked for the CIA.
According to Fitzgerald's court fil-
ing, Cheney, in conversation with Libby,
raised the question of whether a CIA-
sponsored trip by Wilson "was legiti-
mate or whether it was in effect a junket
set up by Mr. Wilson's wife."
The disclosure in documents filed
Wednesday means that the president
and the vice president put Libby in
play as a secret provider of informa-
tion to reporters about prewar intelli-
gence on Iraq.
Presidential spokesman Scott McClel-
lan said yesterday the White House
would have no comment on the ongoing
investigation. At a congressional hear-
ing, Attorney General Alberto Gonza-
les said the president has the "inherent
authority to decide who should have
Libby is asking for voluminous
amounts of classified information from
the government in order to defend himself
against five counts of perjury, obstruction
and lying to the FBI in the Plame affair.
He is accused of making false state-
ments about how he learned of Plame's
CIA employment and what he told
reporters about it.
Bush's political foes jumped on the
revelation about Libby's testimony.
"The fact that the president was will-
ing to reveal classified information for
political gain and put the interests of
his political party ahead of America's
security shows that he can no longer be
trusted to keep America safe," Demo-
cratic National Committee Chairman
Howard Dean said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) said,
"The more we hear, the more it is clear
this goes way beyond Scooter Libby. At
the very least, President Bush and Vice
President Cheney should fully inform the
American people of any role in allowing
classified information to be leaked."
Libby's testimony indicates both the
president and the vice president autho-
rized leaks. Bush and Cheney both
have long said they abhor that practice,
so much so that the administration has
put in motion criminal investigations
to hunt down leakers.
The most recent instance is the
administration's launching of a probe
into who disclosed to The New York
Times the existence of the warrantless
domestic surveillance program.
NEWS IN BRIEF:'
M ALEXANDRIA, Va.
Jury hears accounts of 9/11 orphans
The stories and photos of three young girls, all of whom lost parents in the
Sept. 11 attack at the World Trade Center, brought witnesses to tears and vis-
ibly affected jurors yesterday at the death penalty trial of al-Qaida conspirator
Opening the second phase of the sentencing trial - in which jurors will decide
whether Moussaoui deserves execution or life in prison - prosecutors played
videos of the two hijacked jetliners hitting the gleaming towers. Prosecutors also
showed videos of people plunging more than 80 stories to their deaths, punctuating
their presentation with family photos of loved ones.
Each hour the emotional impact grew.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani retold the now-familiar tale of his
own harrowing experience in debris-choked lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
But it was not until he spoke of the daughter of one of his closest aides, Beth Petrone
Hatton, that Guiliani's voice quaked and broke. Firefighter Terence Hatton - who
earned 19 medals in 21 years - died without knowing his wife was pregnant.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Galvan, second left, fingerprints illegal immigrants at a
processing center in Nogales, Ariz., yesterday.
Senate uni'tes on
Embattled PM vows to pursue second term
Iraq's embattled prime minister vowed yesterday to pursue his bid for a second
term despite pressure from home and abroad to step down, signaling no early end
to the standoff blocking a crucial national unity government.
Shiite politicians suggested they may turn to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the
sole figure with the authority to make a decision that risks shattering Shiite unity.
In a brutal reminder of the stakes if Iraqi leaders cannot reverse the slide
toward chaos, a car bomb exploded yesterday in the country's most sacred
Shiite city, Najaf, killing 10 people and wounding more than 30.
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told reporters he would relinquish his man-
date only if parliament refuses to approve him or if the seven groups within the
Shiite alliance withdraw their nomination, which he won by a single vote in a
caucus in February.
Republicans join forces
in attempt to advance
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate
Republicans and Democrats closed in
on a last-minute compromise yesterday
on legislation opening the way to legal
status and eventual citizenship for many
of the 11 million immigrants living in
the United States illegally.
President Bush praised the lawmak-
ers' efforts, noting the details were
unfinished, and encouraged them "to
work hard and get the bill done." Sen.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he had
been assured the president supports the
As outlined, it would provide for
enhanced border security, regulate
the future flow of immigrants into the
United States and offer legalized status
to the millions of men, women and chil-
dren in the country unlawfully.
"We've had a huge breakthrough"
overnight, said Majority Leader Bill
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Dem-
ocratic leader, agreed, but cautioned that
the agreement had not yet been sealed.
Even so, the presence of both leaders
at a celebratory news conference under-
lined the expectation that the Senate
could pass the most sweeping immigra-
tion bill in two decades, and act before
leaving on a long vacation at the end of
The developments marked a turn-
around from Wednesday, when it
appeared negotiations had faltered. The
key sticking point involved the 11 mil-
lion illegal immigrants in the country,
and the struggle to provide them an
opportunity to gain legal status with-
out exposing lawmakers to the politi-
cal charge that they were advocating
amnesty for lawbreakers.
While final details were not avail-
able, in general, the compromise would
require illegal immigrants who have
been in the United States between two
years and five years to return to their
home country briefly, then re-enter as
temporary workers. They could then
begin a process of seeking citizenship.
Illegal immigrants here longer than
five years would not be required to
return home; those in the country less
than two years would be required to
leave without assurances of returning,.
and take their place in line with others
seeking entry papers.
Standing before television cameras
after an appearance yesterday in Char-
lotte, N.C., Bush said he was pleased
that Republicans and Democrats were
presents Judas as
Jesus' s favorite
McKinney apologizes for Capitol police scuffle
Rep. Cynthia McKinney reversed course and apologized yesterday for an alter-
cation in which she entered a Capitol building unrecognized, refused to stop when
asked by a police officer and then hit him.
"I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all and I regret its escalation,
and I apologize," McKinney (D-Ga.) said during a brief appearance on the House
floor. "There should not have been any physical contact in this incident."
The grand jury investigation into whether to seek assault or other charges was
continuing. It was unclear what impact the McKinney apology might have.
Senior House Republican criticizes Gonzales
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee pointedly criticized
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday for "stonewalling" by refusing to answer
questions about the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said Gonzales was frustrating his pan-
el's oversight of the Justice Department and the controversial surveillance by
declining to provide information about how the program is reviewed inside the
administration and by whom.
"How can we discharge our oversight if, every time we ask a pointed question,
we're told the program is classified?" Sensenbrenner asked Gonzales near the start of a
lengthy hearing on the department's activities. "I think that ... is stonewalling."
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Ancient text says Judas,
reviled by Christians as a
'traitor, turned Jesus in at
his own request
WASHINGTON (AP) - For 2,000
years Judas has been reviled for betray-
ing Jesus. Now a newly translated ancient
document seeks to tell his side of the
The "Gospel of Judas" tells a far dif-
ferent tale from the four gospels in the
New Testament. It portrays Judas as a
favored disciple who was given special
knowledge by Jesus - and who turned
him in at Jesus' request.
"You will be cursed by the other gen-
erations - and you will come to rule
over them," Jesus tells Judas in the docu-
ment made public yesterday.
The text, one of several ancient docu-
ments found in the Egyptian desert in
1970, was preserved and translated by a
team of scholars. It was made public in
an English translation by the National
Religious and lay readers alike will
debate the meaning and truth of the man-
But it does show the diversity of beliefs
in early Christianity, said Marvin Meyer,
professor of Bible studies at Chapman
University in Orange, Calif.
The text, in the Coptic language, was
dated to about the year 300 and is a copy
of an earlier Greek version.
A "Gospel of Judas" was first men-
tioned around A.D. 180 by Bishop Ire-
naeus of Lyon, in what is now France.
The bishop denounced the manuscript
as heresy because it differed from main-
stream Christianity. The actual text had
been thought lost until this discovery.
Elaine Pagels, a professor of reli-
gion at Princeton University, said, "The
people who loved, circulated and wrote
down these gospels did not think they
Added Rev. Donald Senior, president
of the Catholic Theological Union of
Chicago: "Let a vigorous debate on the
significance of this fascinating ancient
Senior expressed doubt that the new
gospel will rival the New Testament but
allowed that opinions are likely to vary.
Craig Evans, a professor at Acadia
Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Cana-
da, said New Testament explanations for
Judas' betrayal range from money to the
influence of Satan.
"Perhaps more now can be said," he
commented. The document "implies that
Judas only did what Jesus wanted him to
Christianity in the ancient world was
much more diverse than it is now, with a
number of gospels circulating in addition
to the four that were finally collected into
the New Testament, noted Bart Ehrman,
chairman of religious studies at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina.
Eventually, one point of view pre-
vailed and the others were declared
heresy, he said, including the Gnostics
who believed that salvation depended on
secret knowledge that Jesus imparted,
particularly to Judas.
In Cairo, the editor of the Coptic
weekly "Watani," Youssef Sidhom, did
not want to make an immediate judg-
ment on the manuscript.
Bush defends war, but
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President says he
won't let politicians force
military decisions as they
did in Vietnam era
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In
friendly territory, President Bush still
found himself on the defensive yester-
day over the Iraq war, high gas prices,
the federal deficit and anti-terrorism
measures. One man bluntly told Bush
he should be ashamed.
Bush defended his decision -
increasingly unpopular three years
afterward - to go to war.
It would be "a huge mistake," Bush
said, to bring troops home now amid
the violence and political uncertainty in
Iraq. He said he would brook no repeat
of the divisive Vietnam-era debate that
led to politicians forcing decisions that
were not driven by the military.
"During the Vietnam War, there was a
lot of politicization of the military deci-
sions." the president told a forum hosted
by the nonpartisan World Affairs Coun-
cil of Charlotte. "That's not going to be
the case under my administration."
The president basked in this Repub-
lican-leaning town's sunny weather
and warm reception. Like a talk-show
host, he roamed the stage with a micro-
phone. He shed his suit jacket after his
opening remarks and took 10 questions
that the White House said had not been
screened in advance.
One woman praised his political
courage and requested a picture, a man
promised prayers and another passed
on the thanks of an Iraqi friend. The
applause was so frequent, Bush kept
cutting it off.
But he also got a few challenges from
the audience, assembled by the coun-
cil and Central Piedmont Community
College, the site of the event.
One woman asked about the growth
in the government's annual budget def-
icit under his watch. A teacher wanted
to know how he was countering the
perception of a go-it-alone foreign pol-
icy so that other nations would join the
fight against terrorism.
Another woman asked him to
choose between economic growth,
defusing threats posed by North Korea
and Iran, and peace between Israelis
"Whew," said Bush. "That's not the
way life works. You can do more than
one thing at one time."
By far the most pointed critique
came after Bush called on a man who
had been waving so wildly from the
balcony that the president had joked he
was the crowd's "squeaky wheel."
"I'm not your favorite guy," Bush
said, as the man who later identified
himself as Harry Taylor began reeling
Taylor cited Bush's opposition, in most
cases, to a woman's right to an abortion;
his environmental stances; his support
for holding terrorism suspects without
charges; and his authorization of tapping
phones without warrants.
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