The two offending articles are still available on the Liberal website. I'm no expert on libel law, but I'm pretty good with common sense. The fact the links are still available suggests that the case against the Liberals maybe more theater than the biggest regret Liberals will ever know (somebody has seen the Godfather once too many times). Ignatieff confirmed that the Liberal hierarchy met with lawyers earlier today.
Obviously, the legal advice to the Liberals was such that they feel comfortable leaving the offending articles online. These aren't stupid people, if this was a clearcut case, the articles would be removed, promptly. I've heard two seperate libel experts today, both of which reacted with hesitation, very unclear if there was a case here. The media can repeat statements made in parliament, is a party website different? That point seems confusing. The basic gist of what I heard, the cases against Dion, Goodale and Ignatieff are flimsly, to the point of being a non-starter. What remains, the website, seems a gray area on certain levels, and the Liberal lawyers must agree, hence the articles stay online. I'm not suggesting there is nothing here, others can speak to that, but all the ejaculate from Conservative supporters today maybe a tad premature ;)
Dion and Dryden both took up the Conservative dare, both spoke outside of the House, both used language that was clear, if careful. It was quite obvious today, Liberals were speaking through the sift of legal editing. The fact the tone remained defiant is another indication that the legal team doesn't see the minefield the Harper bluster argues. If there is a libel chill, the Liberals have yet to catch a cold.