14:59: Wilson/Plame sue Cheney, Rove, Libby, pretty much everyone, really

As Glenn Close said to Michael Douglas, “I’m not just going to be ignored, Dan.”

Might as well. Why not? Rove skated, Novak blamed it all on a big misunderstanding — their martyrdom juice is almost spent. A nice, protracted civil suit is just the transfusion they need.

They’re alleging, of course, that the neoconservative cabal conspired to discredit Honest Joe with a “whispering campaign,” a charge which Novak has repeatedly denied. But never mind that. Here’s the good stuff:

The Complaint specifies that each of the Wilsons has been deprived of their First and Fifth Amendment rights; each has suffered a gross invasion of their privacy; each has been impaired in pursuing professional opportunities; and that they fear for their safety and the safety of their children as a result of the wrongful public disclosures.

They didn’t seem to be overly concerned about privacy when they turned out for the White House Correspondents Dinner, during which Colbert actually pointed them out from the podium. As for financial impairment, three years after they became Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the nutroots’s version of the Passion, Joe Wilson has a bestseller to his credit and does brisk business on the lecture circuit. (Request him for the topic, “Speaking Truth to Power and the Consequences.” You won’t regret it!) Plame will eventually write her own memoir and they’ll make a bundle on that too.

And yet…

Won’t you please help?

You’re not donating to them. You’re donating “for justice.”

The court complaint is here. They’ve scheduled a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. God help me, I’ll probably have video.

Am I actually going to have to start following this ridiculous story?

Update: Kim Priestap at Wizbang wonders if this isn’t going to backfire on the Wilsons in a major way. JPod’s psyched, too.

Tom Maguire may/could/probably will have an exegesis of the complaint later, so I’ll just put up the link now.

Update: More privacy fun. Vanity Fair, January 2004:


Update: Goldstein‘s on the money in identifying the other reason they’re suing:

I will say that this suggests to me that Fitzgerald’s investigation is over. And if he couldn’t find the requisite proof to indict, it’s possible that Plame and Wilson have decided to pursue this as a way of create [sic] the appearance of scandal where none existed.

They were promised a frog-march, and they will not be denied. Even if they have to settle for a metaphorical one.

Update: Media Blog puts the dagger in.

Update: Who said it?

I think winning better not be the point, because … I think this is a very weak case…

I think they’re going to have a lot of trouble keeping this case in court. I think the vice president’s side of the case has a very, very strong case in going for dismissal…

It is a political piece of litigation, and you know that by reading the first paragraph of the complaint…

Spruiell has the shocking answer.

Update: Well, that didn’t take long. Five hours ago I said “Plame will eventually write her own memoir and they’ll make a bundle on that too.” Now Media Blog reports:

Former CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose outing led to the indictment of a White House official, has agreed to write her memoirs for Simon & Schuster, weeks after a reported seven-figure deal with the Crown Publishing Group fell through.

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