Perle Suing Hersh


The New York Sun reports that Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle is suing New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh over Hersh's recent Perle profile. In case you might think Perle's lawsuit may have any more merit than his recent accusation that Hersh is a terrorist, note that Perle is filing suit in the United Kingdom, rather than in the country where story's subject, writer and magazine all reside. [Imagine de rigeur explanation of the UK's notoriously plaintiff-friendly libel laws here.] "I intend to launch legal action in the United Kingdom. I'm talking to Queen's Counsel right now," the doughy, lisping foreign policy hawk tells the paper. The Sun goes so far afield as to quote former Lyndon LaRouche cultist Laurent Murawiec as saying Hersh's piece is "pure bull," before concluding, "Mr. Perle is a director of Hollinger International Inc., which is an investor in the Sun."