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According to published reports, John Hannah, a senior aide to V. P. Cheney is cooperating with authorities involved in the Plame outing case.

John Hannah is a senior national security aide to Cheney. Cheney snagged Hannah from John Bolton at the time Bolton was the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs. And now Hannah is the focus of the investigation and it appears that he has flinched. He was told recently that he could face indictment for his role and wanted his complete cooperation.

He apparently did.

Some say that he cut a deal with special prosecutors to avoid prosecution. And that deal might be testifying against Skooter Libby and Dick Cheney. There's also speculation that Hannah was given orders by the higher-ups in Cheney's office to do the dirty work himself, so as to distant Cheney from the fray.
The possibility that Hannah has turned prosecution witness suggests that Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald is now looking deeper into the motive for outing Plame. Fitzgerald may be looking at a conspiracy case surrounding the scheming by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) and by the Pentagon's ultra-secret Office of Net Assessment, who were tasked with "selling" the war in Iraq.
Another reason Hannah may be willing to talk is his involvement with Chalabi. He and Skooter are currently under investigation for their alleged activities in an intelligence program run by the controversial Iraqi National Congress (INC) and its leader, Ahmed Chalabi. So things aren't going as planned and he may have to deal.

Posted by john trevisani at October 19, 2005 4:05 PM