JURIST – Paper Chase: Federal judge dismisses Plame CIA leak lawsuit

JURIST – Paper Chase: Federal judge dismisses Plame CIA leak lawsuit
US District Judge John Bates Thursday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against members of the Bush administration brought by Valerie Plame [Washington Post profile], the former CIA operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak scandal [JURIST news archive], ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction over her tort claim. Bates said that relief for Plame’s claim was only available administratively under the Federal Tort Claims Act [Cornell Law backgrounder]. Bates also refused to recognize an “implied damage remedy” for her constitutional claims or to express an opinion on those claims.

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