Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Documents Show Plame Was Covert Agent


WASHINGTON - An unclassified summary of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame's employment history at the spy agency, disclosed for the first time today in a court filing by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, indicates that Plame was "covert" when her name became public in July 2003.

The summary is part of an attachment to Fitzgerald's memorandum to the court supporting his recommendation that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former top aide, spend 2-1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation.


The unclassified summary of Plame's employment with the CIA at the time that syndicated columnist Robert Novak published her name on July 14, 2003 says, "Ms. Wilson was a covert CIA employee for who the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States."

Plame worked as an operations officer in the Directorate of Operations and was assigned to the Counterproliferation Division (CPD) in January 2002 at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The employment history indicates that while she was assigned to CPD, Plame, "engaged in temporary duty travel overseas on official business." The report says, "she traveled at least seven times to more than ten times." When overseas Plame traveled undercover, "sometimes in true name and sometimes in alias -- but always using cover -- whether official or non-official (NOC) -- with no ostensible relationship to the CIA."

Gee, somebody better tell all the wingnuts who still maintain that Ms. Plam was not covert.

Think Progress had a pretty good rundown of them on March 16, 2007:

Washington Post editorial: “The trial has provided…no evidence that she was, in fact, covert.” [Washingotn Post, 3/7/07]

Mort Kondracke: “I frankly don’t think since Valerie Plame was not a covert officer that there was a crime here.” [Fox, 3/9/07]

Sean Hannity: “She did not meet the criteria, in any way, shape, matter or form as a covert agent.” [Fox, 3/6/07]

Robert Novak: “No evidence that she was a covert agent was ever presented to the jury.” [Fox, 3/6/07]

Brit Hume: “Whether the woman was covert, Valerie Plame was covert within the meaning of the law, remains at this point, still unclear. Unlikely she was.” [Fox, 3/6/07]

Victoria Toensing: “Plame was not covert. She worked at CIA headquarters and had not been stationed abroad within five years of the date of Novak’s column.” [Washington Post, 2/18/07]

It sure would be nice if FOX Noise and the Washington Post editorial page would issue apologies.

Guess I shouldn't hold my breath, however.

Well, it's nice to know what we've known for months and months, and maybe years.

Are you gonna post anything on the war-funding vote? Maybe I missed it, but I keep checking, and I haven't seen anything.
I did post something that went like this - Dems suck for surrendering to the 28% preznut, Repubs suck for continuing to enable the 28% preznut by sticking with him, but had Dems cut off funding, they would have been vilified in the media for "not supporting the troops".

I think Al Gore's take on the matter is correct. I saw him on Olbermann tonight. He said the tools of the Congress are pretty blunt, that once you realize you don't have a veto-proof majority, you realize you only have one option left - to cut off funds, a suicidal move politically. Therefore Reid and Pelosi did the best they had w/ the very bad hand they were dealt.

Unfortunately, as long as this preznut wants to continue to fight this war and members of his own party stick with him, Dems do not have the numbers to do much to stop him.
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