Indictment Marks 'Sad Day for America,' Joe Wilson Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - In a statement read by his lawyer Christopher Wolf, Ambassador Joe Wilson called Friday's indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby "an important step in the criminal justice process that began more than two years ago."

"Whatever the final outcome of the investigation and the prosecution, I continue to believe that revealing my wife, Valerie's secret CIA identity was very wrong and harmful to our nation, and I believe, I feel that my family was attacked for my speaking the truth about the events that led our country to war," Wilson's statement read.

"I look forward to exercising my rights as a citizen to speak about these matters in the future. Today, however, is not a day, not a time to analyze or to debate and it is certainly not a day to celebrate," Wilson said in the statement, calling it instead "a sad day for America.

"When an indictment is delivered at the front door of the White House, the office of the president is defiled. No citizen can take pleasure from that. As this case proceeds, Valerie and I are confident that justice will be done," added Wilson.

Wilson also called on the media to leave his wife and family alone, because while he "may engage in public discourse," they are private people who "did not choose to be brought into the public square, and they do not wish to be under the glare of the cameras."

"This case is not about me or my family, no matter how others might try to make it so. This case is about serious criminal charges that go to the heart of our democracy. We like all citizens await the judgment of the jury in this court of law," concluded Wilson.

See Also:
Lewis Libby Indicted, Resigns (Oct. 28, 2005)
Indictment 'Evidence of White House Corruption,' Dems Say (Oct. 28, 2005)

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