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Biernuts Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 08:32 AM
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W Post: End of an Affair "It turns out that the person who exposed CIA
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agent Valerie Plame was not out to punish her husband."
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20... >

Other exercpts from the article:

"It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House -- that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame's identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson -- is untrue."

"That's not to say that Mr. Libby and other White House officials are blameless...Mr. Libby and his boss, Mr. Cheney, were trying to discredit Mr. Wilson; if Mr. Fitzgerald's account is correct, they were careless about handling information that was classified."

"Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously."

Will he be adding himself to the defendent (technically "respondent" since it's a civil trial) list? They are going to waste a lot of money in a case they will not win - perhaps their attorney took it on contingent for a percentage of the recovery but 33% of zero still is zero. Their $ will come from the book and movie rights.

Note of clarification - the press does a piss poor job getting the terminology right. Mrs. Wilson was not an "agent" but a CIA Intelligence Officer. Unlike Law Enforcement "Special Agents" (FBI, DEA, Secret Service, etc), CIA Agents are the foreign sources that provide information to our CIA Officers. A CIA agent is essentially a traitor to his/her own country.
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