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Lies versus Spies
October 2, 2003
By Bridget Gibson

"We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors." - George H.W. Bush, April 16, 1999, Dedication Speech, George Bush Center for Intelligence

From the July 14, 2003, column entitled Mission to Niger written by Robert Novak (and available on the internet here), I quote the paragraph that has allowed the traitorous nature of at least three people be exposed to the light of day.

Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. The CIA says its counterproliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. "I will not answer any question about my wife," Wilson told me.
In examining the above paragraph, it becomes apparent that three people have crossed the line. Robert Novak has obviously thrown caution to the wind and defied the laws of our country and has tossed concern for the lives of countless people out the window. The two "senior administration officials" made a choice to disregard their country and its laws for political gain.

On June 23, 1982, when Ronald Reagan signed into law the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, he said:

Well, today I speak again of those heros, the men and women who are locked in a dangerous, sometimes deadly conflict with the forces of totalitarianism, the men and women whose best accomplishments, whose greatest deeds can never be known to their countrymen, but only to a few of their superiors and ultimately only to history. These men and women, these heroes of a grim twilight struggle are those of you who serve here in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Whether you work in Langley or a faraway nation, whether your tasks are in operations or analysis sections, it is upon your intellect and integrity, your wit and intuition that the fate of freedom rests for millions of your countrymen and for many millions more all around the globe. You are the tripwire across which the forces of repression and tyranny must stumble in their quest for global domination. You, the men and women of the CIA, are the eyes and ears of the free world.

Robert Novak and two "senior administration officials" betrayed one of those people and their country. The laws that they have defied are as follows. From the National Security Act of 1947:
TITLE VI—PROTECTION OF CERTAIN NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION

PROTECTION OF IDENTITIES OF CERTAIN UNITED STATES UNDERCOVER INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS, AGENTS, INFORMANTS, AND SOURCES

SEC. 601. [50 U.S.C. 421] (a) Whoever, having or having had authorized access to classified information that identifies a covert agent, intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

(b) Whoever, as a result of having authorized access to classified information, learns the identity of a covert agent and intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(c) Whoever, in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States, discloses any information that identifies an individual as a covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such individual and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such individual’s classified intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Robert Novak has attempted to act as though this writing of his, this exposure of a CIA covert agent, was no big deal.

There are approximately one to two thousand covert CIA operatives within the CIA. That is not a grand number considering that there are approximately six billion people on the planet, 300 million people within the borders of the United States of America. That means that each and every person that is doing that particular function is essential in their mission. Ms. Plame was an expert in weapons of mass destruction. We just waged war in Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction. Our service personnel are putting their lives on the line at this very moment because of weapons of mass destruction.

Robert Novak just disabled and made useless all of the contacts that had been made by an expert in weapons of mass destruction. He made vulnerable every contact and every mission that Ms. Plame ever had. Do you think that North Korea, China, Iran, Russia, Syria and countless other countries do not read the news? Do you think perhaps that those governments are not combing their files and looking at pictures and attempting to decide if something has been compromised in their country because Robert Novak didn't care?

Today is October 2, 2003. This matter was known to countless of people that read the news and cover the political cauldron of Washington, D.C. This news concerned many – there have been many journalists that have attempted to raise the awareness level of this matter. Today George Walker Bush said that he was concerned and would allow an investigation that was instituted by a letter from George Tenet of the CIA to John Ashcroft, Attorney General.

This matter had been brought to George Bush's attention before, but he didn't care. He did not instigate an investigation into his own administration until he was forced, by law, to answer. If George W. Bush had really cared about this leak of an undercover operative for our national security, don't you think that he would have done something after July 14, 2003? Was his month's vacation in Crawford, Texas, throughout August more important? Were all the trips made for fundraising more important than our national security?

George W. Bush did not try to find the two "senior administration officials" and discontinue their employment and relationship with our government.

In 2001, his month's vacation preceded the worst disaster on our country's soil. He received briefings from the CIA regarding the impending threats to our nation. Vacation comes first for George.

The victims of his intransigence have been beyond number. The insincerity with which he has pledged to honor his Oath of Office has been exposed.

Our Congress has been usurped by lackeys that think that extramarital affairs are more of a threat to our national security than actual breaches of national security. These people have been elected to uphold our Constitution and to defend this country. September 11, 2001, should have been their wake-up call.

Every citizen of this country has a duty to contact their representatives and demand a thorough and independent investigation into the truth. The Washington switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. Make your senators and congressional representatives aware of your concerns.

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